Baillon, Hist. Pl. 9:288 (1888).
Synonymy: Physalis origamifolia Lam., Tabl. Encycl. 2:28 (1794).
, Physalis origanifolia, Salpichroa rhomboidea
Common name: Pampas lily of the valley, cocks eggs.
Scrambling perennial to several metres long, with a stout rootstock and rhizomes, older stems with a pale corky epidermis; younger parts sparsely or densely pubescent with curved simple hairs, unarmed; leaves c. 1.5-1 cm, ovate to ovate-rhombic, entire, alternate but often with a second smaller one from the axillary bud; petiole c. 0.7 cm.
Inflorescence with a solitary pendulous flower in the leaf axils; peduncle 7-10 mm long, slender; calyx tube c. 1.5 mm long, campanulate, the lobes narrowly triangular; corolla c. 7 mm long, urceolate, the lobes joined in a tube, reflexed, white or cream; filaments adnate to the tube for most of their length; anthers c. 2 mm long, sagittate below; ovary c. 2 mm long, broadly conical, glabrous, lower portion surrounded by a prominent annular fleshy disk; style c. 5 mm long, erect, pubescent in the lower half; stigma capitate and not exceeding the anthers.
Berry 13-18 x 7-8 mm, bluntly conical, succulent, aromatic, translucent when ripe, white to a pale yellowish; seeds c. 2 mm diam., discoid, hirsute if cleaned gently.
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Image source: fig. 572C in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Parsons (1973) Noxious weeds of Victoria, p. 266.
S.Aust.: MU, SL, SE. All States except the N.T.
Flowering time: most of the year.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
This species was originally cultivated and is now naturalised in southern Australia, mostly found in urban areas and often difficult to eradicate because of its extensive root system.
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