Nicandra physaloides (Apple of Peru) (Solanaceae)

Nicandra physaloides

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.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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