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5. Physalis peruviana Linnaeus, Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 2: 1670. 1763.

灯笼果 deng long guo

Herbs perennial, 45-90 cm tall. Stems erect, sparingly branched, densely pubescent. Petiole 2-5 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate to cordate, 6-15 × 4-10 cm, densely pubescent, base cordate, margin entire or with a few indistinct teeth, apex short acuminate. Pedicel ca. 1.5 cm. Calyx broadly campanulate, 7-9 mm. Corolla yellow, spotted in throat, 1.2-1.5 × 1.2-2 cm. Filaments and anthers blue-purple; anthers 3-4 mm long. Fruiting calyx green, ovoid, with 5-10 weak angles, 2.5-4 cm, pubescent. Berry yellow, 1-1.5 cm in diam. Seeds yellow, ca. 2 mm in diam. Fl. summer, fr. autumn.

Near roads, river valleys, cultivated and naturalized; 1200-2100 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Yunnan [native to South America, widely naturalized elsewhere]

The fruit is eaten fresh and is used for jam making.


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