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Physalis lanceolata Michx. Fl. Bor. Am. 1: 149. 1803.
Physalis pennsylvanicn var. lanceolata A. Gray, Man. Ed. 5, 382. 1867.
Perennial; rootstock apparently slender and creeping; stem about 1 1/2° high, first erect, later spreading or diffuse, only slightly angled, sparingly hirsute with flat hairs. Leaves lanceolate, oblanceolate or spatu-late, tapering into the petiole, acute or obtuse, nearly always entire, rarely wavy, but never sinuately toothed, thickish, sparingly hairy with short hairs; peduncles 5"-10" long, in fruit reflexed; calyx strigose or villous, rarely glabrous, its lobes triangular-lanceolate; corolla dullish yellow with a brownish center, about 8" in diameter; fruiting calyx round-ovoid, not sunken at the base, indistinctly 10-angled; berry yellow or greenish yellow.
On dry prairies, South Carolina to Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico. July-Sept.
Physalis pumila Nutt. Trans. Am. Phil. Soc. (II.) 5:
Perennial from a slender rootstock, 1 1/2°-3° high; stem hirsute, obscurely angled. Leaves thick, broadly ovate to oblong, acute at both ends and somewhat rhomboid, the lower often obtuse and obovate, generally much larger than in the preceding; blades 2'-4' long, entire or seldom sinuate, on petioles 10"-15" long, strigose with many-branched hairs especially on the lower surface; peduncles 5"-10" long, in fruit reflexed and 1 1/2'-2' long; calyx densely hirsute, not stellate-pubescent, its lobes triangular, generally a little shorter than the tube; corolla yellow with brown center, 8"-10" in diameter; fruiting calyx usually more elongated than in the preceding, 1 1/2'-2' long, oblong-ovoid, a little sunken at the base, indistinctly 10-angled.
Plains and prairies, Illinois to Colorado and Texas. July-Sept.
Perennial; rootstock thick and somewhat fleshy; stem 1 1/2°-3° high, erect, dichotomously branched, somewhat angular, more or less strigose-hairy with flat hairs, sometimes a little glandular, or sometimes nearly glabrous. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, tapering to both ends, 1 1/2'-2 1/2' long, generally more or less sinuately dentate, often yellowish green; peduncles 5"-10" long, generally erect, in fruit curved but scarcely reflexed; calyx strigose, hirsute, or at least puberulent, its lobes triangular or broadly lanceolate, nearly equalling the tube; corolla sulphur-yellow with purplish spots, 2/3'- l' in diameter; anthers yellow; fruiting calyx pyramidal-ovoid, 5-angled, sunken at the base; berry reddish.
Rich soil, especially in open places, Ontario to Manitoba, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Consists of numerous races, differing in pubescence. July-Sept. Wild cherry.