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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/15/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/15/2013)
Species Physalis gracilis Miers
PlaceOfPublication Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 2. 4: 37. 1849.
Note TYPE: Mexico, Coulter 1222 (GH).
Description Erect or scandent herb to 1.2 m tall, stems glabrate to villous with conspicuous 1-1.5 mm long hairs, glabrescent below, the pubescence associated with areas This content downloaded from on Tue, 14 May 2013 16:07:58 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions664 ANNALS OF THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN [VOL. 60 of stem near the slightly swollen nodes, occasionally rooting at the nodes (Lewis et al. 812A, MO). Leaves to 10 cm long, ovate, apically acuminate, basally rounded or obtuse, the margins subentire, the lamina with scattered short hairs; petioles as long as the leaves or shorter, pubescent on the upper surface. Pedicels slender, 7-21 mm long, longer than the flowering calyces and with long, erect and spreading hairs. Flowers with the calyx 5-10 mm long, the lobes acute- deltoid, their tips often recurved and upfolded from the midribs, glabrate to conspicuously pubescent with long, erect or spreading hairs; corolla with a contrasting pubescent eye, 9-13 mm long and reflexing open to 16 mm across; filaments slender but somewhat flattened, the anthers yellow or blue, 3-4 mm long. Fruits on slender to somewhat thickened pedicels 10-20 mm long, fruiting calyx 10-angled to terete, 20-30 mm long with scattered long hairs which are not particular to the ribs; berry 8-15 mm across.
Habit herb
Note This species is identified by the long, white, jointed hairs occurring near and at the nodes and on the calyx. Unlike those of P. lagascae, the hairs are not as- sociated with the calyx ribs, and those that do occur on the ribs have no sug- gestion of teeth or calyx enation at their bases. The anthers are larger than those of most Panamanian species, and like P. angulata, the calyx is not 5-angled.
Distribution moist habitats from Bocas del Toro west through Central America to northern Mexico.
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Changuinola to 5 mi. S at junction of Rio Changuinola and Rio Teribe, 100-200 ft, edge of river and railway and adjacent rain forest, Lewis et al. 812A (GH, K, MO, NY, UC, US). Chiriquicito to 5 mi. S along Rio Guarumo, rain forest by river, Lewis et al. 1954 (MO)
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