Chamaesaracha coronopus – Greenleaf Five Eyes

Chamaesaracha coronopus - Greenleaf Five Eyes, Small Groundcherry

Chamaesaracha coronopus - Greenleaf Five Eyes, Small Groundcherry

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Chamaesaracha coronopus

Common Names: Greenleaf Five Eyes, Small Groundcherry

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland

Flower Color: Pale yellowish green

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer

Height: To 10 inches (25 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are flat, 5-lobed, 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) wide and have fused sepals and petals with a raised white spot at each petal base. The flowers are followed by round, yellow seedpods. The leaves are green, alternate, linear, covered in tiny hairs, and may be lobed.

Special Characteristics

Edible – The yellow seedpods are edible, but aren't often eaten because they are not especially tasty and this plant and its fruit can be similar looking to poisonous plants (nightshades) in the same family.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae – Potato family
Genus: Chamaesaracha (A. Gray) Benth. – five eyes
Species: Chamaesaracha coronopus (Dunal) A. Gray – greenleaf five eyes

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map