Definitions for nicandra physaloides

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apple of Peru, shoo fly, Nicandra physaloides(noun)

    coarse South American herb grown for its blue-and-white flowers followed by a bladderlike fruit enclosing a dry berry


  1. Nicandra

    Nicandra is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family containing the single species Nicandra physalodes. It is known by the common names apple-of-Peru and shoo-fly plant. It is native to Peru, and it is known elsewhere as an introduced species and sometimes a weed. It is also kept as an ornamental plant. Plants grow to 1 metre tall and are vigorous with spreading branches and ovate, mid-green, toothed and waved leaves. The flowers are bell-shaped and 5 centimeters or more across, pale violet with white throats. The flower becomes lantern-like towards the end of its bloom. The plant is thought to have insect repellent properties. The genus is named for Greek poet Nicander, who wrote about plants.


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