Physalis “Chinese Lantern”

What I can find online (Wikipedia link) about this plant is that it is in the genus of Physalis, with “approximately 75 to 90 flowering plant species in the nightshade family (Solanaceae), which are native to the Americas and Australasia.” ~says Wikipedia

Variously call Chinese Lantern, Japanese Lantern, Bladder Cherry, Ground Cherry, Tomatillo (a red or gold fruit grows inside the lantern or bladder). I have seen them in other parts of Costa Rica and finally tried to research online. I won’t venture to guess which of the up to 90 species this particular plant is. 🙂

I made these 2 photos across the driveway from my garden, on my landlord’s property where they appear to be a wild vine climbing up another plant. I hope to eventually learn more about them. These two shots seem to show them at different stages of development.

Physalis Fruit, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Physalis Fruit, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

¡Pura Vida!

And if you browse around enough in my several plants galleries, you are likely to find some more unusual plants like this! 🙂 Most are under the umbrella folder of Flora & Forest galleries with my shots of unusual plants like this often ending up in the gallery labeled Leaves & Nature Things though the similar “lantern-like” Red Vein Indian Mallow is in one of the flower galleries somewhere or at this link in my trip galleries where I first saw it at Guayabo in Cartago Province. A botanist would have a wonderful time anywhere here in Costa Rica! 🙂

FYI, I put everything seen outside Atenas in a trip gallery first, then share (link) it in some of these subject galleries. Thus my most complete galleries are the “CR Trip” Galleries! 🙂 Except what seen here in Atenas often goes directly into a subject gallery or one of several “Atenas Galleries.” 🙂

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