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Physalis virginiana Mill.

Virginia ground cherry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderSolanalesPotatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias, sweet potatoes, morning glories, many others
FamilySolanaceaeNightshade or potato family
GenusPhysalisFrom the Greek physalis, “a bladder or bubble,” because of the inflated calyx
SpeciesvirginianaFrom or referring to Virginia

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Physalis virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Physalis virginiana (Virginia ground cherry)

9/27/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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