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Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)
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Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)

General: Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia) is a mounded, perennial forb that grows to about 18-inches tall. The leaves are thick, rounded, and covered with short, glandular hairs. The flowers are yellow and bell-shaped with fused petals. The fruits are small tomato-like berries held inside a papery bag (like a Chinese lantern).

Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry is fairly common the the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone, especially along washes.

Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)

Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae).

Other Names:

Plant Form:

Height: To about 18 inches.

Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)

Stems: branched, mounded, rigid.

Leaves: To about 1-1/2 inches, rounded. Covered with dense, short, glandular hairs

Flowers: Blooms in spring to early summer. Inflorescence: solitary. Petals yellow, fused, about 1/2-inch across. Anthers stand out from the petals.

Fruit: small tomato.

Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)

Habitat:

Elevation: To about 4,000 feet.

Distribution: California to Utah and Arizona.

Comments:

Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia) Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)
Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia) Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)
Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia) Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)
Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia) Yellow Nightshade Groundcherry (Physalis crassifolia)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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