(Alkakangi, Arab). Winter cherry; also called halicacabum, solanum vesicarium, vesicaria vulgaris.

The species used in medicine is the physalis alke kengi Lin. Sp. Pi. 262.

It grows wild in France, Germany, and Italy, and thrives well in our gardens. The fruit ripens in October, and continues to December, when the plant die:; to the ground.

These cherries have an acidulous and not unpleasant taste, with a bitterishness; but their covering is very bitter.

They are diuretic, but neither heat nor irrifete; five or six cherries, or an ounce of their juice, is a dose; and if given in the strangury from cantharides, a speedy relief is said to be obtained. Hoffman recommends them in haemoptysis, and some authors have thought them useful in dropsy. Alkekengi 357 ij. of the berries infused in a pint of water, are extolled in the jaundice; but they are rarely called for in the English practice. The plant itself is of a poisonous class, and consequently suspicious; yet, as they seem to combine an anodyne with an astringent quality, they may deserve a trial.