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Gomphocarpus physocarpus profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 06 2021

Gomphocarpus physocarpus profile

Gomphocarpus physocarpus, commonly known as  hairy balls, balloonplant, balloon cotton-bush, bishop's balls, nailhead, or swan plant, is an evergreen shrub belonging to the genus Metaplexis of the family Metaplexis (Asclepiadaceae), also known as metaplexis and metaplexis. Plant height is 0.5 meters to 3 meters. Leaves are opposite, linear, pale green. Cymes are terminal or axillary, five - starred, white or pale yellow, fragrant. Follicles, ovoid, yellow-green, pericarp with spines.

Gomphocarpus physocarpus is native to tropical Africa and is widely cultivated in the south of China, likes high temperature, wet and sunny environment, not cold, slightly durable shade and drought, fertile, loose and slightly acidic sandy loam. In winter the temperature is not less than 10 degrees Celsius. Gomphocarpus physocarpus is mainly reproduced by sowing and cutting propagation.

The Fruit of Gomphocarpus physocarpus is very thin, swollen and spherical. It is pressed gently by hand, and looks like air spilling out. It is very like a small balloon.

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Morphological characteristics of Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Gomphocarpus physocarpus is a shrubby herb. The plant is about 2 meters high. The stem is erect, gray-green, with white hairs. The leaf blade is linear or long lanceolate, like Willow leaf. Flowers are axillary, flowers white. The fruit is yellow, conical, prickly, hollow. The fruit is very thin, swelling spherically, gently pressed by hand, like air overflow, very like a small balloon, long fruit viewing period.

Growing environment of Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Gomphocarpus physocarpus likes high temperature, wet and sunny environment, not cold, slightly durable shade and drought, fertile, loose and slightly acidic sandy loam, winter temperature is not less than 10 degrees Celsius.

Distribution range of Gomphocarpus physocarpus

Physocarpus, also known as physocarpus, is native to Africa.

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The function of Gomphocarpus Physocarpus

Gomphocarpus Physocarpus can be used to treat children's intestines and stomach

The whole plant extract of Gomphocarpus physocarpus can be used to make children's gastroenteritis, the stem piece can be used as the tropicana, the leaves can be used to treat tuberculosis and so on.

Physocarpus has obvious landscape uses

Because of the strange appearance of the words, the flowering period is long. Flowers bloom all year round except in March. So Gomphocarpus physocarpus is often used for gardening and Flower arranging.

Physocarpus has a special language flowers

Now many plant things have their special meaning. Gomphocarpus physocarpus means sweet and lingering, so it's a good place for lovers in the sweet period to spread love.

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