Flask application not finding GnuPG

I’m interfacing gpg in a flask application with python-gnupg. The module is installed in a virtualenv together with the rest of my application. When running I receive a 500 internal server error, and the exception is:

File "./myproject/views/", line 257, in settings_keys_add
    gpg = gnupg.GPG()
  File "/home/puse/myproject/myproject/lib/python3.5/site-packages/", line 733, in __init__
    p = self._open_subprocess(["--version"])
  File "/home/puse/myproject/myproject/lib/python3.5/site-packages/", line 786, in _open_subprocess
  File "/usr/lib/python3.5/", line 947, in __init__
    restore_signals, start_new_session)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.5/", line 1551, in _execute_child
    raise child_exception_type(errno_num, err_msg)
FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'gpg'

gpg is installed and is working:

puse@puse ~/puse> which gpg
puse@puse ~/puse> gpg --gen-key 
gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.20; Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Please select what kind of key you want:
   (1) RSA and RSA (default)
   (2) DSA and Elgamal
   (3) DSA (sign only)
   (4) RSA (sign only)
Your selection? 
gpg: Interrupt caught ... exiting

I can also get it to work from python within the virtualenv:

Python 3.5.2 (default, Jul  5 2016, 12:43:10) 
[GCC 5.4.0 20160609] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import gnupg
>>> gpg = gnupg.GPG()
>>> a = gpg.scan_keys("/opt/keys/2a798434-ebb3-4dc6-9f76-fd46f0cce6fa")

I suspect it has something to do with what user the application is running under, but the application is running under my user, but with group set to www-data. I have confirmed this by running ps.


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