Physalis acutifolia (Miers) Sandwith
Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)
Physalis wrightii A. Gray
Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)
Primary Disseminule Types
fruit with attached calyx (not likely to be dispersed directly to grape bunches), seed
Description (diagnostics are in brown)
Disseminule a yellowish to orange or purple berry enclosed in a papery husk (enlarged calyx) with numerous seeds. Husk loose, ovoid to globose, 20–25 mm long, green with 10 darker, ribbed, ± equal veins.
Seed reniform to obovate in outline, typically notched along margin where hilum occurs, strongly compressed, cross-section narrowly elliptic, 1.8–2.4 mm long x 1.6–2 mm wide x 0.4–0.7 mm thick. Surface sparkly (under magnification), a maze of minute undulating ridges, yellowish to light brown (slightly darker near hilum).
Hilum marginal, in notch, linear to elliptic, typically whitish (lighter than testa), 0.4–0.5 mm long.
Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)
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