Scientific Name:
Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn.
Vernacular Name(s):
Apple of Peru; Shoo-fly

Herb 15–60–(200) cm tall;  stems usually green, sometimes purplish black on exposed side.  Lvs with lamina partly decurrent or attenuate on petiole, 4–17 × 2–12 cm, ovate or triangular-ovate, often lobed (especially larger lower lvs) or sinuate-dentate, glabrous except sometimes for main veins beneath;  apex obtuse to acute;  upper lvs often sinuate and entire.  Pedicels puberulent, usually green, sometimes purplish black.  Calyx 1.5–2 cm long at anthesis, broad-ovate, deeply divided, usually green, sometimes purplish black, very strongly accrescent;  apex cuspidate.  Corolla 3–3.5 × 2.5–4.5 cm diam.; lower tube white, with 5 small or large purplish markings, the upper part blue; lobes blue, shallow and rounded.  Filaments hairy, with base surrounded by tuft of long hairs.  Fr. 1–2 cm diam.  Seed 1.5–2 mm diam., subreniform or  ± irregular, brown, with alveolate testa.  

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Jan.–Dec.