Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Chinese Lantern Fruit (picture post)

Physalis bearing fruits.

Edible berries look like tomato fruit. No wonder, they belong to the same family - Solanaceae.

The husk is derived from calyx of the flower. Here, there only the veins remained.

NB. Be careful! The orange coloured papery husk is poisonous.
Native to Croatia is Physalis alkekengi L.


  1. A wonderful photo essay! I never knew this was native to Croatia,
    but I'm fascinated by many oddly attractive members of the Solanaceae family: ornamental Solanums that I've grown with lots of spikes and thorns!
    Glad to connect via Blotanical,
    aka Alice's Garden Travel Buzz / Bay Area Tendrils

  2. Oh! They are lovely and they do look like tomatoes.

  3. Do they fall off the plant when they're ripe, or do the husks just turn skeletal?


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