Monday, July 22, 2013

Botanical Sketch #11 - Chinese Lantern Flower

Physalis alkekengi goes by other names such as Chinese Lantern, Japanese Lantern or Winter Cherry. The orange part is actually a paper covering the fruit and it resembles lanterns. The dried fruit has medicinal uses but the plant is primarily ornamental.  I've always thought they were elegant and lovely. Previous Sketches can be found here.

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