Physalis philadelphica

7. Physalis philadelphica Lam. (C-Am.) – A very rare and ephemeral alien. First recorded from a dump in Antwerpen (Nachtegalenpark) in 1976 (D’hose & De Langhe 1977). Subsequently seen near a grain mill by the Albertkanaal in Merksem in 1995 (Verloove & Vandenberghe 1996), on the gravelly banks of river Maas near Kotem in 2013 and on rough ground in Kortrijk in 2016.

Physalis philadelphica is cultivated for its edible fruits and possibly overlooked on dumps. It possibly merely is an improved, cultivated form of Physalis ixocarpa.

Physalis philadelphica, Antwerpen, port (Albertkanaal near Merksem), unloading quay for cereals at Vamo Mills, 1995, F. Verloove

 

Herbarium specimen

 


Selected literature: 

Del Monte Díaz de Guereñu J.P. (1988) Presencia, distribución y origen de Physalis philadelphica Lam. en la zona centro de la Peninsula Ibérica. Candollea 43: 93-100.

Del Monte J.P. & Sobrino E. (1993) Solanum sarrachoides and Physalis philadelphica (Solanaceae) in Spain – two largely neglected weeds. Willdenowia 23: 91-96.

D’hose R. & De Langhe J.-E. (1977) Nieuwe groeiplaatsen van zeldzame planten in België. V. Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belg. 110: 20-28.

Verloove F. & Vandenberghe C. (1996) Nieuwe en interessante voederadventieven voor de Belgische flora, hoofdzakelijk in 1995. Dumortiera 66: 11-32.

 

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith