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Common name

English: Apple of Peru, Shoo-Fly plant

German: Giftbeere

Mandarin: 假酸浆 (jia suan jiang)


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Solanales (96)

        Family: Solanaceae (50)(family description)

          Genus: Nicandra (1)

            Epithet: physalodes (L.) Gaertn. (1)

Synonyms: Atropa daturifolia Thore, Atropa physalodes L., Boberella nicandra E.H.L.Krause, Calydermos erosus Ruiz & Pav., Nicandra brevicorollata Bitter, Nicandra macrocalyx Bitter, Nicandra minor Hort., Nicandra nana Bitter, Nicandra nebulosa Bitter, Nicandra parvimaculata Bitter, Nicandra physalodes Scop., Nicandra undulata Bitter, Nicandra violacea Andre, Pentagonia physalodes (L.) Hiern, Physalis daturifolia Lam., Physalis peruviana Mill., Physalodes peruviana Kuntze

macrocalyx => with a large calyx (the sepals, the outermost whorl of parts that form a flower)

minor => smaller, lesser

nana => dwarf

peruviana => of Peruvian origin

physalodes => bladder-like

undulata => wavy, with wavy margin

violacea => derived from the Latin "viola" meaning violet


Climate: sub-tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: blue, white

External links

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