Nicandra is a monotypic genus of the nightshade family and contains the single species Nicandra physaloides. It is native to Peru, and is an introduced species in FNQ. The genus is named after the Greek poet Nicander of Colophon, who wrote about plants.
Nicandra physaloides grows to 1 metre tall and have vigorous spreading branches and ovate, mid-green, toothed and waved leaves which resemble some species of the gooseberry (Physalis spp.). The attractive pale violet bell-shaped flowers are 5 cm or more across and becomes lantern-like towards the end of its bloom. The plant is thought to have insect repellent properties.