Physalis walteri Nutt.
Physalis elliottii Kuntze
Physalis maritima M.A. Curtis
Physalis viscosa L. var. elliottii (Kuntze) Waterf.
Physalis viscosa L. ssp. maritima (M.A. Curtis) Waterf.
Physalis viscosa L. var. maritima (M.A. Curtis) Rydb.
This tomato relative is native to the southeastern United States. It is found on beach dunes and back dunes, in longleaf pine flatwoods, turkey oak sandridges, sandy banks bordering salt marshes, longleaf pine/wiregrass uplands, and slash pine flatwoods, in loamy sand and calcerous soils.
Plants: 6-24" (15-60 cm) in height.
Flowers: Funnel-shaped, yellow, fuzzy, hanging downward, appearing May-Sep, peaking in Jun.
Fruits: Flowers become a papery husk resembling a Chinese lantern. Each husk encloses a single, edible fruit ¾-1" (2-3 cm) in size, which, when ripe, is orange to golden yellow.
Edibility: Fruits are edible raw or cooked. Unripe (light green) or bitter-tasting fruit is toxic, and the husk enclosing the fruit is not edible.
Physalis walteri on florida.plantatlas.usf.edu
Physalis walteri on www.eattheweeds.com On edibility
Physalis walteri on www.wildsouthflorida.com
Physalis walteri on coastalplainplants.org
Physalis walteri at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Physalis walteri on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Physalis walteri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.