Lycium pallidum  Miers

Type: United States: New Mexico: Santa Fe Co.: Santa Fe Creek Valley, May-June 1847, Fendler 670 (holotype: BM; isotypes: K, F, GH, NY, MO)

Geographical Region: North America

Distribution: MEXICO: Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, most probably in northern and eastern Chihuahua; UNITED STATES: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas

Habit: dense, intricately branched, thorny

Shrub height: 1-2 m

Leaf characteristics:

    Leaf Glaucous: glaucous
    Leaf Pubescence: glandular-pubescent
    Leaf Length: 10-15 mm
    Leaf Width: 3-15 mm

Calyx characteristics:

    Calyx Shape: cup-shaped to campanulate
    Calyx Pubescence: blue-glaucous to glabrous
    Calyx Tube Length: 5-8 mm
    Calyx Lobe Length: equaling or exceeding the tube in length

Corolla characteristics:

    Corolla Color: white to lavender purple, most commonly greenish with purple veins
    Flower Shape: lanceolate to ovate or elliptic
    Corolla Tube Length: 12-25 mm
    Corolla Lobe Length: one fifth to one third the length of the tube

Merosity: 5

Filament Pubescence: filaments densely hairy near top of corolla-tube

Sexuality: hermaphroditic

Fruit characteristics:

    Fruit Type: berry
    Fruit Shape: ovoid
    Fruit Color: red or reddish-blue
    Fruit length 10 mm or slightly less in diameter

Seed Number: 4-50

Varieties: pallidum, oligospermum

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