Lycium afrum L.

Type: Lycium foliis linearibus in Hortus Cliffortianus (holotype: BM)

Geographical Region: Africa

Distribution: SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape province

Habit: erect, rigid, profusely branched, thorny

Shrub height: 1.6-2 m

Leaf characteristics:

Leaf Glaucous: glaucous
Leaf Succulence: succulent
Leaf Pubescence: glabrous
Leaf Length: 14-18 mm
Leaf Width: 0.8-2 mm

Calyx characteristics:

Calyx Shape: campanulate
Calyx Tube Length: 4-6 mm
Calyx Lobe Length: 1.5 mm

Corolla characteristics:

Corolla Color: deep maroon, (wine/claret red)
Flower Shape: semi-ovate, semi-orbicular
Corolla Tube Length: 15-20 mm
Corolla Lobe Length: 2-3 mm

Merosity: 5

Filament Pubescence: bases pilose

Sexuality: hermaphroditic

Fruit characteristics:

Fruit Type: berry
Fruit Shape: spherical to slightly ellipsoid
Fruit Color: black
Fruit length: 8-13 mm
Fruit width: 8-10 mm

Varieties: breviflorum, longifolium, sublatum

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