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  Physalis minima
  Family Name : Solanaceae

  Synonyms : Physalis eggersii, Physalis lagascae, Physalis lagascae var. glabrescens, Physalis micrantha

  Common Names : Bladder Cherry, Pygmy Groundcherry, Wild Capegooseberry

  Chinese Name : 小酸浆, 灯笼草, 黄姑娘

Bladder Cherry,Pygmy Groundcherry,Wild Capegooseberry
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      1.5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Small herbaceous plant with an erect growth habit.
      Foliage: Leaves are ovate to cordate (9.7 cm long, 8.1 cm wide) with long petioles (4 cm long) and wavy leaf margins. The upper surface of the leaf is dark green, and the lower surface is light green.
      Flowers: The flower is enclosed in a balloon-like calyx. The calyx is green with net-like markings, while the petals are yellow with black spots near the base. Flowers are small and bell-shaped. 
      Fruits: Fleshy fruits are known as berries. Yellow fruits contain juicy pulp and yellow, round seeds. Fruits develop within the balloon-like calyx.
      Cultivation :
      Plant this species in fertile, well-drained soil. It has very good resistance to diseases and pests.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: Juicy fruits have a pleasant taste and are rich in vitamin C. Immature fruits can also be consumed as a vegetable.)
      Medicinal (The plant is used medicinally among the Malaysian Chinese as well as the Malay. The leaves are used as a poultice for headache and ulcer.)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate)
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Cuneate, Oblique / Asymmetrical
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Yellow / Golden
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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