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  • Belonging to the Solanaceae family of perennial herbs, Physalis minima, is known by several names. native gooseberry, wild cape gooseberry and pygmy groundcherry are some of the popular common names in English. It is a pantropical annual herb 20-50 cm high at its maturity. Leaves are soft and smooth, with entire or jagged margins, 2.5-12 cm long. Cream to yellowish flowers are followed by edible yellowish fruit encapsulated in papery cover which turns straw brown and drops to the ground when the fruit is fully ripe. The plant tends to have a weedy character, often found growing in disturbed sites.

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