Physalis angulata Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
angular winter-cherry balloon-cherry cut-leaf ground-cherry gooseberry hogweed

Physalis angulata is an erect, herbaceous, annual plant belonging to the nightshade family Solanaceae. It is known by several names, including angular winter cherry, balloon cherry, cutleaf groundcherry, gooseberry, hogweed, wild tomato, camapu, and occasionally other common names for the genus Physalis. It reproduces by seed. Its leaves are dark green and roughly oval, often with tooth shapes around the edge. The flowers are five-sided and pale yellow; the yellow-orange fruits are born inside a balloon-like calyx. It is native to the Americas, but is now widely distributed and naturalized in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. It is related to, but not to be confused with Physalis peruviana, the Cape gooseberry, a fruit native to, and cultivated in the western Andes, and exported worldwide.

Physalis angulata

Medical use

Economic importance of Physalis angulata

Harmful organism host crop diseases crop pests
Human food fruit

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, Texas
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California, Nevada
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, Jalisco, Michoacan, Tabasco, Veracruz

Biological activities

Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
AntiPMS
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antiallergic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antidepressant
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antiobesity
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (13500 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antistress
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Antitumor
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Antiulcer
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (13500 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Cardioprotective
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Diuretic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Hypotensive
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Hypouricemic
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Phosphorus found in Fruit (13500 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)
Osteogenic
Phosphorus found in Fruit (13500 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Vasodilator
Calcium found in Fruit (8100 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (140000 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ash Fruit 20,000 200,000
Calcium Fruit 810 8,100
Carbohydrates Fruit 45,000 450,000
Fat Fruit 4,000 40,000
Fiber Fruit 14,000 140,000
Kilocalories Fruit 27 2,700
Phosphorus Fruit 1,350 13,500
Protein Fruit 32,000 320,000
Water Fruit 900,000
Fruit 900,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]