Lycium

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Lycium' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lycium/). Accessed 2020-10-24.

Family

  • Solanaceae

Common Names

  • Box Thorn

Glossary

alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
berry
Fleshy indehiscent fruit with seed(s) immersed in pulp.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Lycium' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lycium/). Accessed 2020-10-24.

A genus of about one hundred species of loose-habited shrubs allied to the deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), with usually spiny branches. Leaves alternate, often in clusters. Flowers from one to four in the leaf-axils, their parts usually in fives; corolla funnel-shaped or tubular. Fruit a berry, very ornamental.

The lyciums or box thorns are easily cultivated; they do not need a rich soil, flowering and fruiting better in a well-drained one of moderate quality. L. afrum needs a wall, but the others here described are perfectly hardy. They are best propagated by seeds when these are obtainable, but cuttings and layers may also be used.

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