||Physalis somnifera Linn.
|English / Trade Name
||Winter cherry, Indian Ginseng
|Vernacular /Local Name
||Upto 1500 m
||A globose berry, orange, overtopped by the inflated, accrescent calyx; seeds discoid, trigonous.
||Habitat Distributed throughout the drier region of India, especially in wasteland ascending to an altitude of 2000 m in the Himalaya.
||From the Mediterranean through tropical Africa to South Africa and from the Canary and Cape Verde Islands to the Middle East and Arabia, India, Sri Lanka and southern China.
||Greyish green in colour and covered with short, fine, silver-grey, branched hairs
|Distribution in chandigarh
||Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park
||Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
|Description of Species
||A suffruticose shrub, 60-90 cm tall. Branches ascending. Shoots stellate-tomentose. Leaves , elliptic-ovate to broadly ovate, acute, cuneate or oblique, entire to repand. Petiole 10-20 mm long. Flowers sessile to subsessile, greenish-yellow, in axillary clusters of 2-5.Calyx, stellately hairy, becoming glabrescent and membranous; teeth 1-1.5 mm long, up to 8 mm in fruit, acute. Corolla lobes triangular, tomentose to the outside. Anthers sub included; filaments 1-2.5 mm long. Berry globose, red. Seeds sub pyriform to reniform, minutely reticulate-foveolate, yellowish-brown.
||Leaves elliptic-ovate to broadly ovate, acute, cuneate or oblique, entire to repand. Petiole 10-20 mm long.