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Physalis minima

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Physalis minima

Physalis minima is a species of perennial herbs elonging to the family Solanaceae. It is a pantropical annual herb 20–50 cm high at its maturity. It can be found near the marshes of Java.


Relieve pain, Urinary problems, Skin diseases, Pimples, Earache, Indigestion, Constipation, Swelling[1].


Physalis minima can be used in Food. Leaves are cooked as vegetable and ripe fruits are eaten raw.[2]

Parts Used

Fruits, Leaves[1].

Chemical Composition

The plant have phenolics and alkaloids.[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Gudde hannu, Bandula gida
Hindi Rasbhari, Ban Tipariya
Malayalam Kupanti
Tamil Notinotta
Telugu Kupanti
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Charapotta, Tankari
English Ground Cherry, Sun berry



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








Nutritional components

Physalis minima Contains the Following nutritional components like - Reducing sugars; Vitamin-C; Tannins; Pectin; Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc[2]





Kind Shape Feature
Simple Round in outline Leaves can reach 10cm in length. Each leaf is toothed or lobed



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Greenish yellow sometimes brownish yellow The flowers have 5 Regular Parts and are up to 2cm wide. Flowering from July to November


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
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


How to plant/cultivate

Physalis minima Linn. is commonly found on the bunds of the fields, wastelands, around the houses, on roadsides, etc[5]. Physalis minima is available through July to April[2].

Commonly seen growing in areas

Lowland forest.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.395, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.126, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
  3. Chemical composition
  4. Kappatagudda - A Repertoire of Medicianal Plants of Gadag by Yashpal Kshirasagar and Sonal Vrishni, Page No. 308
  5. Cultivation Details

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