Monday, February 15, 2016

Physalis crassifolia (Thick-leaved Ground Cherry)

3/4/17 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

12/10/05 Shavers Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

2/6/05 Box Canyon Road (across road from Little Box Canyon trailhead), 
Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA

2/6/05 Box Canyon Road 

4/4/04 Wash on east side of Cottonwood Road (Eagle Mtns side), 
between I-10 and Joshua Tree Natl Park Visitor Center, Riverside County, CA 

 3/21/04 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Thick-leaved Ground Cherry

SPECIES: Physalis crassifolia

FAMILY: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)


LOCATION: Shaver's Valley, Riverside County, CA 


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Perennial or subshrub < 8 dm; hairs simple, dense, short, generally glandular

Stem often zigzag, ridged

Leaf 1–3 cm, generally ovate, fleshy, entire or ± wavy; petiole ± = blade

Inflorescence: pedicels 15–30 mm, in fruit > flowers

Flower: calyx 4–7 mm, in fruit 20–25 mm, weakly angled; corolla 15–20 mm diam, widely bell-shaped, yellow; anthers 2–3 mm, yellow

Ecology: Gravelly to rocky flats, washes, slopes

Elevation: < 1300 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Peninsular Ranges, s East of Sierra Nevada, Desert 

Distribution outside California: Nevada, Arizona, n Mexico

Flowering time: Mar–May

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