Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn.

 
  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (NIGHTSHADE FAMILY OR BRINJAL FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Species : Nicandra physalodes
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn.
  • Common name : Shoo-Fly Plant
  • Key identification features : An annual erect herb. Leaves are simple, large, irregularly toothed. Flowers are solitary (2-3 cm) in the leaf axils. Sepals are broadly winged and leaf-like. Corolla is bell-shaped, violet. Fruit is globose, enclosed in membranous inflated sepals.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Flower, Fruit : July-December
  • Native : Central America
  • Comments : Common on hills on fallow fields and agricultural land. Naturalized weed in most tropics.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Naturalized in Tropics
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Nicandra physalodes. Downloaded on 11 August 2020.

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