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Wild Cape gooseberry

The scientific name of Wild Cape gooseberry: Physalis minima Linn.

Name of Wild Cape gooseberry in different languages:-

English: wild Cape gooseberry, pygmy groundcherry, Native gooseberry.

Malayalam: Njottanjodiyan ഞൊട്ടാഞൊടിയൻ, Njodinjotta-ഞൊടിഞ്ചൊട്ട, Muttambuly-മുട്ടമ്പുളി.

Plant description:

Wild Cape gooseberry (Physalis minima Linn.) is a perennial weedy herb, pan-tropical annual herb grows to 20 to 50 cm high, commonly found in disturbed areas. Leaves are pale green, soft and jagged margins, size 2.5 to 12 cm long. Flowers are Creamy to yellow, 5mm wide, flowering is July to October; fruits are edible, yellowish encapsulated in papery cover.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-CuneateMargin-SpinyVenation-Cross venulated
 Cuneate-wedge-shaped Margin_Spiny-Sharp-stiped-point Venation-Cross-venulate


Medicinal uses:

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic, to treat sexual weakness, cough.


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