Physalis pruinosa L., Sp. Pl. 1: 184 184 1753. (Syn: Physalis cordifolia Dunal; Physalis maxima Mill.; Physalis nicandroides var. attenuata Waterf.); 
Common name: Strawberry Tomato, Ground Cherry, Husk Tomato
As per efi thread :  

The two species often confused with each other are differentiated as under: 
Anthers purple; corolla with 5 brown spots on the throat; fruiting calyx as long as broad and abruptly acuminate at apex; berry tawny orange when mature; stems (young) and major veins of leaves covered with villous pubescence intermixed with sessile glands; leaves gray green and coarsely and prominently dentate from base and frequently drying orange or with orange spots……………….… Physalis grisea 
Anthers yellow (without purple tinge); corolla with 5 pale green inconspicuous spots on the throat; fruiting calyx longer than broad and gradually acuminate at apex; berry gray green when mature; stems (young) and major veins of leaves covered with villous pubescence intermixed with short stalked glands; leaves light green, coarsely and prominently dentate from middle and frequently drying yellow.. P. pruinosa.
 


Dry open often sandy soils, old fields and wasteland[43]. 

Eastern N. America – Wisconsin, New York and south to Florida 
Physalis pruinosa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.
Fruit – raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[105]. A delicious bitter sweet flavour. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own ‘paper bag’ (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten. 
(From PFAF)

 
 

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Physalis for id 110111MK1: Please help to id this Physalis sp. of Solanaceae.
Date/Time- 08-01-2011 / 11:20 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GP Chennai
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- ground weed
Plant Habit-herb
Height/Length- ca. 30cm
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 5 x 3 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- cyme
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- yellow; ca. 1.5cm across
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- ca. 3 cm across 


Could this be Physalis angulata???


Physalis pruinosa of Solanaceae


 

 

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This Physalis with large leaves and small flowers was recorded from near Paonta Sahib, H.P.
Can this be Physalis minima ?


To me it seems to be Psysalis minima.


Namastae….In Telugu language…’nidhan’ means straight or those who think slowly and straight with judgement….I am glad to see the pictures of Physalis posted to eFloraofIndia mail, thanks to …  These need to be identified with some perseverance.
I have some knowledge of these Physalis species and hybrid swarms, now finding place in garbage sites, roadsides, and cultivated fields all over India.  Some of them are escapes from cultivation. We must have a comprehensive account of all these species in India. The one (first mail) species with small stature, variable leaves, yellow flowers with dark brown nectar indicators and bluish anthers and pollen….cannot be P. grisea  [we have one species, P. alkekengi with some semblance; however, in it, the calyx is red in the fruit; the species is cultivated for its edible berries, making jams, etc.].  I wish that all the pictures (Jpg 1-5) are all of one species.  The species could be P. pruinosa which was earlier reported as P. maxima Mill. from Rajasthan…..now it is there at many a place …it has robust habit and hirsute condition, large fruits, yellow flowers with  light green nectar indicator and yellow anthers. However, in jpg5, the leaves are dark
green and somewhat different in leaf-margin. We also have P. peruviana [plants perennial] in India under cultivation and as occasional escape.  It is all what I can add.


It is Physalis pruinosa (syn. Physalis maxima). Please see attachment for more info.
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Solanaceae Fortnight:: Physalis for id from VOF -NS Feb 30/30 : 12 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (6)

This delicate herb with inflated calyx surely belong to Physalis, please suggest specific id..
Previous inputs lead me to Physalis lagascea


efi page on Physalis lagascae


I think you may be right …


Please ensure fruiting pedicel less than or equal to 10mm. In lagascae anthers can be blue-margined yellow sometimes; fruiting calyx 10-23mm x 8-20 mm; greenish, usually drying purple-veined; 10 angle-ribbed or 10 ribbed.


Physalis peruviana L., tomentose leaf, larger leaves, often found in the hill areas.


efi page on Physalis peruviana


To me it is Physalis pruinosa L., please upload calyx photograph.


efi page on Physalis pruinosa


Physalis maxima Miller Gard. Dict. ed. 8. Physalis no. 15. 1768; Gentry & Standley, Flora Guatemala 10: 90. 1974; Singh & Pandey in Indian J. For. 25 (2) : 187-190. 2002.

Ref. SINGH, V. & R. P. PANDEY 2002. Physalis maxima Miller – A new record from India. Indian J. For. 25 (2) : 187-190.


The width of my index and middle fingers put together is more than 3 cm, so is the width of my middle finger and ring finger!

Therefore fruiting calyx in the attached picture cannot be less than 3 cm in maturity.
Moreover, the very same width of my fingers tells me that fruiting pedicel here is more than 1 cm long.
The width of my ring finger is about 1.5 cm.
So, the flower in the attached photographs here is also much bigger than the P. lagascae.
All the above points indicate that it is not Physalis lagascae Roem. & Schult.
Since corolla is not brown or purple spotted/blotched at base region and anthers are not blue-purple it is very unlikely to be P. peruviana L.


i’m confused

whose fingers are those in the pictures …


Well, Didi, fingers in the pictures are of …, I think! … can tell us how much his fingers differ from mine!


The pictures of Physalis belong to Physalis pruinosa (cf. Raju et al., 2007, Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica 45(2):239-245)


 

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VoF Week: Physalis minima from Pipal koti: Physalis minima from Pipal koti


Physalis minima does not grow in India
Corolla yellow, anthers yellow, fruiting calyx green……P. lagascae


Thanks for correction Sir I think on FOI also correction needed. Pls see




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Solanaceae Fortnight: Physalis pruinosa from Morni, Haryana-GSFEB47/50 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Physalis pruinosa L., Sp. Pl.: 184. 1753 
The two species often confused with each other are differentiated as under:
Anthers purple; corolla with 5 brown spots on the throat; fruiting calyx as long as broad and abruptly acuminate at apex; berry tawny orange when mature; stems (young) and major veins of leaves covered with villous pubescence intermixed with sessile glands; leaves gray green and coarsely and prominently dentate from base and frequently drying orange or with orange spots……………….… Physalis grisea
Anthers yellow (without purple tinge); corolla with 5 pale green inconspicuous spots on the throat; fruiting calyx longer than broad and gradually acuminate at apex; berry gray green when mature; stems (young) and major veins of leaves covered with villous pubescence intermixed with short stalked glands; leaves light green, coarsely and prominently dentate from middle and frequently drying yellow.. P. pruinosa. 
Here is P. pruinosa photographed on April 10 from Tikkar Tal Lake in Morni, Haryana. Please note lighter green leaves, prominently dentate leaf margin, fruiting calyx gradually narrowed at apex. Unfortunately I could not open corolla to nail the differences..


Thanks for differentiating the two, this means that my proposed identification is to be re-looked, your post is a great help in the direction..
I am enclosing pictures from my upload which I think belong to same species, shot from same location, and show open corolla..
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These two images by … are of Physalis peruviana L.  


In Physalis pruinosa in FOI, images are of Physalis peruviana L.  and not of Physalis pruinosa L. as per images and details herein.
Comparative images can be seen at Physalis.
Pl. correct.

Images of Physalis peruviana for comparison 

These are same as in Physalis pruinosa in FOI
Pl. see Physalis pruinosa L. – here the corolla is with greenish marks and not of purple colour. 

Thanks for your mail. I am100% sure that the photos available in FOI under P pruinosa is not P peruviana.
I attach few photos with me which shows corolla with green throat. Can you confirm these are P pruinosa ?

Yes, …
Now posted images are of Physalis pruinosa L.

 

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Physalis pruinosa in FOI : 7 posts by 2 authors.
In Physalis pruinosa in FOI, images are of Physalis peruviana L.  and not of Physalis pruinosa L. as per images and details herein.
Comparative images can be seen at Physalis.
Pl. correct.

Images of Physalis peruviana for comparison.

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These are same as in Physalis pruinosa in FOI
Pl. see Physalis pruinosa L. – here the corolla is with greenish marks and not of purple colour. 

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Thanks for your mail. I am100% sure that the photos available in FOI under P pruinosa is not P peruviana.

I attach few photos with me which shows corolla with green throat. Can you confirm these are P pruinosa ?
Attachments (4)- 2 Mb each. 

Yes, … Now posted images are of Physalis pruinosa L.

Now corrected in FOI.


References:

The Plant List  GRIN  Catalogue of life

The myth of “minima” and “maxima”, the species of Physalis in the Indian Subcontinent (2007) by Vatsavaya S RAJU, C S REDDY & K G RAJARAO (Keys-Physalis angulata, Physalis lagascae, Physalis grisea & Physalis pruinosa)

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