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Physalis alkekengi - Bladder cherry

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Physalis alkekengi

Physalis alkekengi is easily identifiable by the large, bright orange to red papery covering over its fruit, which resembles paper lanterns.


Abortion, Gravel, Malaise, Malaria, Skin inflammations, Kidney, Bladder disorders, Common Cold, Gout, Wounds, Cough[1].

Parts Used

Roots, Leaves, Fruits[1].

Chemical Composition

Like a number of other species in the genus Physalis, it contains a wide variety of physalins. When isolated from the plant, these have antibacterial and leishmanicidal activities in vitro.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ದೊಡ್ಡ ಬುಡ್ಡೆ ಗಿಡ Dodda budde gida, Tankari
Hindi Akarkara, Tankari, Tipari
Malayalam Akkarakaaram
Tamil Periya-takkali
Telugu Winter cherry
Marathi Popti
Gujarathi Moti popti
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Akarkara, Avautha
English Pellitory



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.












Kind Shape Feature
Smooth Alternate, Pinnate Alternate or opposite, stalked. Leaf blade widely ovate, usually blunt-based, with entire margins–sparsely large-toothed, sparsely short-haired



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 15–20 mm (0.6–0.8 in.) wide Yellowish white Stamens 5 Regular (actinomorphic), fused, wheel-shaped, 5-lobed, underside hairy. Flowering from July to November


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Spherical 15 mm (0.6 in.) long berry Many Fruiting from July to November

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. [5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Wasteland, Gardens, Ornamental.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.587, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. Chemical constituents
  3. Common names
  4. Plant Description
  5. Cultivation details

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