|Scientific Name||Quincula lobata (Physalis lobata)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||QULO2|
|Common Name||Chinese Lantern, Purple Groundcherry||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||504721|
|Description||Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (3500 to 7100); sandy or gravelly soils in dry, open areas; prairies, roadsides, waste areas, hillsides and canyons.
Plant: Prostrate or decumbent perennial, much-branched, very leafy, spreading stems; 2 to 6 inches tall.
Leaves: Alternate, oblong to oblanceolate or spatulate 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; surface with white, spherical hairs.
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 July.
Fruit: Greenish-yellow berries up to 3/8-inch in diameter.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "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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