Yellow Nightshade, Ground Cherry
Common name: Yellow Nightshade, Ground Cherry
Latin name: Physalis crassifolia
Height: < 32 inches
Description: This is a perennial herb or subshrub producing a ridged, angular, branching stem taking a clumped, matted, or erect form. The yellow flowers growing from the leaf axils are widely bell-shaped, vaguely five-lobed, and around 2 centimeters wide. The star-shaped calyx of sepals at the base of the flower enlarges as the fruit develops, becoming an inflated, angled lanternlike structure about 2 centimeters long which contains the berry.
Leaf: The fleshy oval leaves are 1-3 cm long and have smooth, wavy, or bluntly toothed edges. The herbage is glandular and coated in short hairs.
Range: Desert, Peninsular Ranges, s East of Sierra Nevada
Habitat: Gravelly to rocky flats, washes, slopes
Elevation: < 1300 m.
Flowering time: Mar–May
Notes: Physalis crassifolia, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
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