Physalis pubescens

8. Physalis pubescens L. (Am.) – A very rare and ephemeral alien. First recorded in 1921 as a wool alien in the Vesdre valley near Ensival. More recently seen on the unloading quay of Ghent Grain Terminal in the port of Gent in 1997, probably as a soybean alien (Verloove & Vandenberghe 1998).

Like Physalis grisea, P. ixocarpa, P. peruviana and P. philadelphica this species is cultivated for its edible fruits but, so far, it has not been recorded yet as a food refuse alien in Belgium (although it might pass unrecorded as P. peruviana). The photos here under refer to plants grown in an urban garden allotment in Wilrijk.

Herbarium specimen


Selected literature:

Martínez M. (1998) Revision of Physalis section Epeteiorhiza (Solanaceae). An. Inst. Biol. Univ. Nac. Aut. México, ser. Bot. 69(2): 71-117.

Verloove F. & Vandenberghe C. (1998) Nieuwe en interessante voederadventieven voor de Belgische flora, hoofdzakelijk in 1997. Dumortiera 72: 18-36.

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