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Ivy-leaf Groundcherry

Physalis hederifolia

Ivy-leaf Ground-cherry, Physalis hederifolia, © by Michael Plagens

Observed on a shady slope near Sycamore Creek, w. slope of the Mazatzal Mts., Maricopa, Arizona, USA. June 2010.

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LEAVES: Somewhat thickened and slightly sticky leaves are elyptical with wide dentitions at margins.
leaves of Phlox longifolia
FLOWERS: Drab yellow with a brownish center. Five petals united into a tube and tending to point downward.

HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL: Regrows for several seasons from an underground stem and roots. Most plants are less than 40 cm tall.

RANGE: Rocky soil, often in the shade of riparian trees or on partially shaded cliff faces. Also in sandy soils high on the banks of creeks. Various subspecies and varieties range across much of North America.

FRUIT: A tomato-like fruit about a centimeter in diameter is enclosed in a papery sack formed from the fused sepals. Many seeds.


Solanaceae -- Nightshade Family

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