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"Notes: Moist Deciduous to Evergreen Forests, Naturalized, Native of Tropical America"
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Flowering class: Dicot Habit: Herb Distribution notes: Exotic
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Description

Densely hairy perennial (and ? annual) to 1 m. Leaves: lamina ovate-cordate; apex ± acuminate; margin entire to coarsely dentate. Corolla yellow with brown markings, shallowly 5-lobed. Calyx in fruit 3-5 cm. Fruit 12-20 mm, ellipsoid, yellow, not filling the calyx.
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Derivation of specific name

peruviana: Peruvian
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Distribution

National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Global Distribution

Tropical South America

Indian distribution

State - Kerala, District/s: Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Wayanad

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"Maharashtra: Pune, Satara Karnataka: Chikmagalur, Coorg, Mysore Kerala: Idukki, Kollam, Kottayam, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Namakkal, Nilgiri, Salem, Theni, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Viluppuram"
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Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Yunnan [native to South America, widely naturalized elsewhere]
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Worldwide distribution

Native to Tropical South America
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Distribution: Tropical America, cultivated or naturalised elsewhere.
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Tropical S. America, cultivated elsewhere and naturalised.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

Plant 30-60 cm tall, pubescent-villous, often densely so. Leaves 4.5-14 x 3.5-10.5 cm, ovate to ovate-cordate, sinuate to repand or toothed, pubescent-vinous. Calyx 7-9 mm long, ± campanulate, 1/2-cleft, 35-40 mm long and inflated in fruit; lobes triangular-acuminate. Corolla yellow, purple blotched, sparse pubescent without; lobes shortly ciliate. Anthers 2.3-3 mm long, narrow oblong; filaments 3-4 mm long, glabrous. Berry 13 mm broad. globose, orange. Seeds 2.4 mm long, subreniform, minutely reticulate, brown.
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Description

Herbs perennial, 45-90 cm tall. Stems erect, sparingly branched, densely pubescent. Petiole 2-5 cm; leaf blade broadly ovate to cordate, 6-15 × 4-10 cm, densely pubescent, base cordate, margin entire or with a few indistinct teeth, apex short acuminate. Pedicel ca. 1.5 cm. Calyx broadly campanulate, 7-9 mm. Corolla yellow, spotted in throat, 1.2-1.5 × 1.2-2 cm. Filaments and anthers blue-purple; anthers 3-4 mm long. Fruiting calyx green, ovoid, with 5-10 weak angles, 2.5-4 cm, pubescent. Berry yellow, 1-1.5 cm in diam. Seeds yellow, ca. 2 mm in diam. Fl. summer, fr. autumn.
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Elevation Range

900-2200 m
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Diagnostic Description

Diagnostic

"Weak annual erect herbs, to 60 cm high. Leaves alternate, to 7 x 6 cm, broadly ovate, obliquely cordate at base, entire or shortly lobed, 3-nerved from base; petiole to 3 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicels 1 cm long, slender; calyx campanulate, accrescent in fruit, membranous; corolla campanulate, yellowish with deep brown centre, 15 mm across, tube hairy inside; stamens 5, anthers vertically splitting; ovary with many ovules, style glabrous; stigma 2-toothed. Berry globose, 10 mm across, covered by the balloon like 2.5-3 cm across fruiting calyx; seeds many, compressed."
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Diagnostic

Habit: Herb
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Type Information

Isotype for Physalis puberula Fernald
Catalog Number: US 382133
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Card file verified by examination of alleged type specimen
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): C. G. Pringle
Year Collected: 1900
Locality: Sacro Monte, Amecameca., Mexico, North America
  • Isotype: Fernald, M. L. 1901. Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 36: 502.
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Ecology

Habitat

General Habitat

Degraded forest areas and wastelands
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Near roads, river valleys, cultivated and naturalized; 1200-2100 m.
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Population Biology

Frequency

Common
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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Flowering and fruiting: February-May
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Flower/Fruit

Fl. Per.: May-October.
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Life Cycle

Persistence: Short-lived

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Physalis peruviana

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Physalis peruviana

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 10
Specimens with Barcodes: 16
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Economic Uses

Uses: FOOD, Fruit, Beverage (non-alcoholic), Other food, Revegetation

Production Methods: Cultivated

Comments: Fruits are eaten fresh and they are used in sauces & glazes for meats and seafoods. They are also canned whole in syrup and exported from South Africa. The plant also has been used to reclaim cleared land and to control erosion.

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Uses

Medicinal
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Wikipedia

Physalis peruviana

Physalis peruviana (physalis = bladder) is the plant and its fruit, also known as Cape gooseberry (South Africa), Inca berry, Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, African ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry, pok pok (Madagascar), poha (Hawaii), ras bhari (India), aguaymanto (Peru), uvilla (Ecuador), uchuva (Colombia), harankash (Egypt), Love in a cage (France), and sometimes simply Physalis (United Kingdom).[1][2] It is indigenous to South America, but has been cultivated in England since the late 18th century and in South Africa in the region of the Cape of Good Hope since at least the start of the 19th century.

Characteristics[edit]

In green calyx

Physalis peruviana is closely related to the tomatillo, also a member of the genus Physalis. As a member of the plant family Solanaceae, it is more distantly related to a large number of edible plants, including tomato, eggplant, potato and other members of the nightshades.[3] Despite its name, it is not closely related to any of the cherry, Ribes gooseberry, Indian gooseberry, or Chinese gooseberry.

The fruit is a smooth berry, resembling a miniature, spherical, yellow tomato. Removed from its bladder-like calyx, it is about the size of a marble, about 1–2 cm in diameter. Like a tomato, it contains numerous small seeds. It is bright yellow to orange in color, and it is sweet when ripe, with a characteristic, mildly tart flavor, making it ideal for snacks, pies, or jams.[3] It is relished in salads and fruit salads, sometimes combined with avocado. Also, because of the fruit's decorative appearance, it is popular in restaurants as an exotic garnish for desserts.

A prominent feature is the inflated, papery calyx enclosing each berry. The calyx is accrescent until the fruit is fully grown; at first it is of normal size, but after the petals fall it continues to grow until it forms a protective cover around the growing fruit. If the fruit is left inside the intact calyx husks, its shelf life at room temperature is about 30–45 days.

Geographic and cultivation origins[edit]

Native to high-altitude, tropical Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador, where the fruits grow wild, physalis is casually eaten and occasionally sold in markets. Only recently has the plant become an important crop; it has been widely introduced into cultivation in other tropical, subtropical and even temperate areas.

Cross section

The plant was grown by early settlers of the Cape of Good Hope before 1807. It is not clear whether it was grown there before its introduction to England, but sources since the mid-19th century attribute the common name, "Cape gooseberry" to this fact.[4][5] A popular suggestion is that the name properly refers to the calyx surrounding the fruit like a cape. This seems however, to be an example of folk etymology or false etymology, because it does not appear in publications earlier than the mid 20th century.

Not long after its introduction to South Africa, Physalis peruviana was introduced into Australia, New Zealand, and various Pacific islands.[3]

In South Africa, it is commercially cultivated; canned fruits and jam are common, often exported. It is also cultivated and naturalized on a small scale in Gabon and other parts of Central Africa.

Soon after its adoption in the Cape of Good Hope, it was carried to Australia, where it was one of the few fresh fruits of the early settlers in New South Wales. It is also favored in New Zealand, where it is said "the housewife is sometimes embarrassed by the quantity of berries in the garden",[3] and government agencies promote increased culinary use. It is grown in India where it is called ras bhari.

The Cape gooseberry is also grown in northeastern China, namely Heilongjiang Province, as a seasonal fruit harvested in late August through September. In Chinese pinyin, the fruit is informally referred to as gu niao, its Turkish name is altın çilek, and in Chinese pinyin mao suan jiang.

It is grown in Thailand, particularly on Doi Inthanon and in Egypt where it is known locally as harankash or as is-sitt il-mistahiya(the shy woman), a reference to the papery sheath.

Marketing[edit]

Physalis peruviana (from South America) fruits are marketed in the United States as Pichuberry™, named after Machu Picchu in order to associate the fruit with its supposed origin in Peru and address the fact that this fruit is actually not a gooseberry as the name 'Cape gooseberry' may imply.[6][7]

Nutrients, preliminary research and folk medicine[edit]

Calyx open, exposing the ripe fruit
Groundcherries, raw
Physalis spp.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy222 kJ (53 kcal)
11.2 g
0.7 g
1.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
(5%)
36 μg
Thiamine (B1)
(10%)
0.11 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
(3%)
0.04 mg
Niacin (B3)
(19%)
2.8 mg
Vitamin C
(13%)
11 mg
Trace metals
Calcium
(1%)
9 mg
Iron
(8%)
1 mg
Phosphorus
(6%)
40 mg

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

According to analyses by the USDA, a 100 g serving of Cape gooseberries is low in calories and contains modest levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1 and vitamin B3, while other nutrients are at low levels (right table).[8]

Basic research on the cape gooseberry has provided preliminary evidence that its constituents, possibly polyphenols and/or carotenoids, may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.[9][10][11]

The crude extract of the fruit-bearing plant has in vitro evidence for activity against markers of inflammation and lung cancer.[12][13][14] It has also shown possible properties in vitro against diabetes and hypertension mechanisms.[15] Some withanolides isolated from the plant may have anticancer activity.[16]

Antihepatotoxic effects (in rats) against carbon tetrachloride toxicity were found in one laboratory study.[17] One preliminary study found evidence for melatonin content in Physalis peruviana.[18]

Pests and diseases[edit]

In South Africa, cutworms are the most important of the many insect pests that attack the cape gooseberry in seedbeds; red spiders after plants have been established in the field; and the potato tuber moth if the cape gooseberry is in the vicinity of potato fields. Hares damage young plants, and birds eat the fruits if not repelled. In India, mites may cause defoliation. In Jamaica, the leaves were suddenly riddled by what were apparently flea beetles. In the Bahamas, whitefly attacks on the very young plants and flea beetles on the flowering plants required control.[3]

In South Africa, the most troublesome diseases are powdery mildew and soft brown scale. The plants are prone to root rots and viruses if on poorly drained soil or if carried over to a second year. Therefore, farmers favor biennial plantings. Bacterial leaf spot (Xanthomonas spp.) occurs in Queensland. A strain of tobacco mosaic virus may affect plants in India.[3] In New Zealand, plants can be infected by Candidatus liberibacter subsp. solanacearum.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ad Hoc Panel of the Advisory Committee on Technology Innovation, Board on Science and Technology for International Development, National Research Council (1989). Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. pp. 249–50. ISBN 978-0-309-07461-2. 
  2. ^ "Semer et planter le physalis ou amour en cage". Retrieved 6 May 2014. French: amour en cage English: Love in a cage
  3. ^ a b c d e f Morton JF (1987). "Cape gooseberry, Physalis peruviana L. in Fruits of Warm Climates". Purdue University, Center for New Crops & Plant Products. 
  4. ^ von Mueller, Ferdinand. Select Extra-Tropical Plants Readily Eligible For Industrial Culture Or Naturalization, With Indications Of Their Native Countries And Some Of Their Uses. Pub:Detroit, Mich., G.S. Davis 1884. Page 229. May be obtained from Amazon or downloaded from:http://www.archive.org/details/selectextratropi00muel
  5. ^ Loudon, Jane Wells. Botany for Ladies Or, a Popular Introduction to the Natural System of Plants. Pub: J. Murray (1842)
  6. ^ Galarza, Daniella. "This Goose(berry) is Cooked: Let's Talk About the Pichuberry". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Borowitz, Adam. "Pichuberries (June 21, 2012)". Article. Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 6 May 2014. (A package purchased in May 2014 was labelled "Product of Colombia")
  8. ^ "Groundcherries, (cape-gooseberries or poha), raw, 100 g, USDA Nutrient Database, version SR-21". http://nutritiondata.com. Conde Nast. 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Wu, SJ; Tsai JY; Chang SP; Lin DL; Wang SS; Huang SN; Ng LT (2006). "Supercritical carbon dioxide extract exhibits enhanced antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of Physalis peruviana". J Ethnopharmacol 108 (3): 407–13. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2006.05.027. PMID 16820275. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  10. ^ Franco, LA; Matiz GE; Calle J; Pinzón R; Ospina LF (2007). "Antiinflammatory activity of extracts and fractions obtained from Physalis peruviana L. calyces". Biomedica 27 (1): 110–5. PMID 17546228. 
  11. ^ Pardo, JM; Fontanilla MR; Ospina LF; Espinosa L. (2008). "Determining the pharmacological activity of Physalis peruviana fruit juice on rabbit eyes and fibroblast primary cultures". Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 7 (7): 3074–9. doi:10.1167/iovs.07-0633. PMID 18579763. 
  12. ^ Supercritical carbon dioxide extract of Physalis peruviana induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human lung cancer H661 cells Wu S.-J., Chang S.-P., Lin D.-L., Wang S.-S., Hou F.-F., Ng L.-T. Food and Chemical Toxicology 2009 47:6 (1132-1138)
  13. ^ Yen, C. Y.; Chiu, C. C.; Chang, F. R.; Chen, J. Y.; Hwang, C. C.; Hseu, Y. C.; Yang, H. L.; Lee, A. Y.; Tsai, M. T.; Guo, Z. L.; Cheng, Y. S.; Liu, Y. C.; Lan, Y. H.; Chang, Y. C.; Ko, Y. C.; Chang, H. W.; Wu, Y. C. (2010). "4beta-Hydroxywithanolide E from Physalis peruviana (golden berry) inhibits growth of human lung cancer cells through DNA damage, apoptosis and G2/M arrest". BMC Cancer 10: 46. doi:10.1186/1471-2407-10-46. PMC 2830937. PMID 20167063.  edit
  14. ^ Wu, S. J.; Ng, L. T.; Huang, Y. M.; Lin, D. L.; Wang, S. S.; Huang, S. N.; Lin, C. C. (2005). "Antioxidant activities of Physalis peruviana". Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 28 (6): 963–6. doi:10.1248/bpb.28.963. PMID 15930727.  edit
  15. ^ Pinto Mda, S; Ranilla, L. G.; Apostolidis, E; Lajolo, F. M.; Genovese, M. I.; Shetty, K (2009). "Evaluation of antihyperglycemia and antihypertension potential of native Peruvian fruits using in vitro models". Journal of Medicinal Food 12 (2): 278–91. doi:10.1089/jmf.2008.0113. PMID 19459727.  edit
  16. ^ Lan Y.-H., Chang F.-R., Pan M.-J., Wu C.-C., Wu S.-J., Chen S.-L., Wang S.-S., Wu M.-J., Wu Y.-C (2009). "New cytotoxic withanolides from Physalis peruviana". Food Chemistry 116 (2): 462–9. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.02.061. 
  17. ^ Pinto Mda, S; Ranilla, L. G.; Apostolidis, E; Lajolo, F. M.; Genovese, M. I.; Shetty, K (2009). "Evaluation of antihyperglycemia and antihypertension potential of native Peruvian fruits using in vitro models". Journal of Medicinal Food 12 (2): 278–91. doi:10.1089/jmf.2008.0113. PMID 19459727.  edit
  18. ^ Kolar J, Malbeck J (2009). "Levels of the antioxidant melatonin in fruits of edible berry species". Planta Medica 75: 9. doi:10.1055/s-0029-1234847. 
  19. ^ Liefting, L. W.; L. I. Ward; J. B. Shiller; G. R. G. Clover (2008). "A New ‘Candidatus Liberibacter’ Species in Solanum betaceum (Tamarillo) and Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry) in New Zealand". Plant Disease 92 (11): 1588. doi:10.1094/PDIS-92-11-1588B. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
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The ‘cape gooseberry’ is both cultivated and found as an escape up to c. 1830 m. The yellow berries are edible and can be used for making jams etc.
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The fruit is eaten fresh and is used for jam making.
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