Physalis arenicola

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Physalis arenicola
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Photo by Patricia Howell, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Physalis
Species: P. arenicola
Binomial name
Physalis arenicola
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Natural range of Physalis arenicola from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Cypresshead groundcherry; Sandhill groundcherry[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: none.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]



P. arenicola extends from Georgia, Alabama, and southern Mississippi, then south to Florida.[1]



It flowers from April to August and in October with peak inflorescence in June.[2]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

The fruit can be used a substitute for tomatoes.[3]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 12 DEC 2016
  3. Fernald, et al. 1958. Edible Plants of Eastern North America. Harper and Row Publishers, New York.