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Smooth Groundcherry, Longleaf Groundcherry

Physalis longifolia Nutt. var. subglabrata (Mackenzie & Bush) Cronq.

Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)

new purplish shoot emerging in spring

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flower

fruiting plants

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Groundcherry:

         three most common species are creeping perennial weeds in pastures, gardens, cultivated fields, waste areas; one species is summer annual

         much branched stems, yellow-white flowers and small berry fruit enclosed in papery "chinese lantern" structure; plants not spiny

o        Smooth Groundcherry: 

         Creeping perennial with creeping roots

         Less hairy plant, often with purplish stems

         Leaves are triangular with teeth or lobes

         Flower is yellow with maroon center

         Fruit globe-shaped to slightly elongated

         Virginia groundcherry has more elongated leaves, less lobes/teeth and less color in center of flowers; fruit are often more elongated

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