Created 7-Jul-17
Modified 7-Jul-17
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Nicandra physalodes

Apple of Peru

New Zealand Status: Introduced
Conservation Status: n/a

Nicandra is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family containing only one species Nicandra physalodes. It is commonly known as Apple-of-Peru or Shoo-fly plant and is probably poisonous.

Plants grow vigorously and reach 1 metre tall with spreading branches. The leaves are ovate, mid-green, with toothed and waved margins. The flowers are bell-shaped, about 50mm in diameter, pale violet with white throats (occasionally pure white) and open for only a few hours a day. Flowers become lantern shaped as they near the end of their blooming period. The fruiting calyx is deeply lobed. It has brown berries, 10-20mm across, in a five sided net-viened, fruit capsule similar to a Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana).

Nicandra physalodes is a weed of crop lands throughout the world in temperate and tropic zones.
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