Physalis angulata L.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2015

Scientific Name

Physalis angulata L.  


Boberella angulata (L.) E.H.L.Krause, Physalis capsicifolia Dunal, Physalis esquirolii H. Lév. & Vaniot, Physalis lanceifolia Nees, Physalis linkiana Nees, Physalis ramosissima Mill. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Leletup, chipluan, ubat pekong [2]
English Gooseberry, hogweed, balloon cherry [2]
China Xiao suan jiang [3]
Indonesia Ceplukan (Javanese); cicendet an (Sundanese); daun kopo-kopi (Moluccas) [2]
Thailand Baa tom tok (Northern); thong theng (Central); pung ping (Peninsular) [2]
Philippines Putok putokan, tino tino, toltolaya [2]
Vietnam T[aaf]m b[os]p, lu lu c[as]I [2]
Papua New Guinea Kaipos (Navuapaka, Central Province); oviovi (Oroi, Central Province); watosivo (Garara, Oro Province) [2].

Geographical Distributions

Physalis angulata is native to tropical America, but is now pantropically distributed as a weed, including in Malesia. [2]

P. angulata occurs in sunny to somewhat shaded, not too dry fertile spots in fields, gardens, wastelands, fallow fields, along roads, in open forests and forest margins; up to 1500 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

P. angulate is a member of the Solanaceae family. It is an annual herb that can reach between 10-100 cm tall, hairless or with a few short appressed hairs. [2]

The stems are sharply angled, hollow with lower branches sometimes prostrate and rooting at the nodes. [2]

The leaves are ovate to lance-shaped, sometimes linear, size 4-15 cm x 2.5-10 cm. The margins are irregularly toothed or entire with short hairs supported by the 2-11 cm long stalk. [2]

The flowers are solitary, flowering sepal is 3-5 mm long, fruiting sepal is 2-4 cm long, greenish-yellow with purple ribs. The petal is 5-10 mm long, up to 1 cm in diametre. It is pale yellow, with or without dark spots and a triangular spot of dense short hairs is present at the throat. The anthers are entirely pale blue. [2]

The berry is yellow, 10-16 mm in diametre. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of P. angulata [2]



  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Physalis angulata L. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 26; cited 2015 Jul 28]. Available from:
  2. Rahayu SSB. Physalis angulata L. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 2001; p. 425-426.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 552.