Physalis cordata

Family (Traditional)Solanaceae
Species:Physalis cordata Mill.
Common NameHeartleaf Groundcherry
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Rank: spiral; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Yellow; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Berry; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 5
StatusNative; TN[SNR] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Physalis clarionensis Physalis clarionensis

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Cannon (TN), McNairy (TN), Marshall (TN), Perry (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: MEM, TENN, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1967 - 1985

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0191755 Marshall Tennessee
Physalis cordata
TENN-V-0191753 Cannon Tennessee
Physalis cordata
BRIT149324 Tennessee
Physalis cordata
TENN-V-0191754 Cannon Tennessee 11 Jul 1985 Milo Guthrie
Physalis cordata
BRIT149323 Tennessee
Physalis cordata
BRIT149322 Tennessee
Physalis cordata
BRIT149321 Tennessee
Physalis cordata
TENN-V-0241139 Cannon Tennessee
Physalis cordata
MEM006734 Perry Tennessee 15 Sep 1967 Elizabeth M. Browne, Edward T. Browne Jr.
Physalis cordata
TENN-V-0191756 McNairy Tennessee
Physalis cordata
TENN-V-0244248 Cannon Tennessee
Physalis cordata
BRIT149325 Tennessee
Physalis cordata
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