Bon-tepari or Angular winter cherry, Physalis angulata

Bon-tepari or Angular winter cherry (Physalis angulata, family: Solanaceae) is an annual herb attaining a height of 30-40 cm. The plant is originated in Americas. It has become naturalized throughout the tropical world.

Common names: Angular winter cherry, Bon-tepari, Gooseberry, Hogweed, Wild tomato.

Leaves are light green, ovate-oblong, acute, 6-12 cm long and 4-5.7 cm wide.

Flowers are solitary, pale yellow in color. Fruit is round, remain inside a balloon-like calyx.

Physalis angulata is a very common weed that grows in fallow land, roadside jungle and croplands in Bangladesh. Seeds are used in the treatment of gonorrhea. Fruits are energizing and diuretic.


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