Quincula lobata [Solanaceae]

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Scientific Name Quincula lobata (Physalis lobata) USDA PLANTS Symbol QULO2
Common Name Chinese Lantern, Purple Groundcherry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504721
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soils in dry, open areas; prairies, roadsides, waste areas, canyons.
Plant: Prostrate or decumbent perennial, much-branched, very leafy, spreading stems; 2 to 6 inches tall.
Leaves: Alternate, ovate-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate tapering to a winged petiole at the base; blades 1-1/2 to 4 inches long, 1/4 to 1-1/4 inches wide; margins entire to lobed.
Inflorescence: Solitary blue or violet blossoms 1/2 to 3/4-inch across on short pedicels; 5 united flaring petals, yellow anthers, style twisted and bent to one side.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses and SEINet.
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