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Burrows, J. Page Includes a picture. Chapano, C. Drummond, R. A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10 1 Page As Lycium europaeum. Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8 4 Pages 40 - Mapaura, A. Setshogo, M. Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page Steedman, E. As Lycium persicum Includes a picture. Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images 3.

Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lycium shawii. Lycium albiflorum Dammer Lycium europaeum L. Lycium persicum auct. Common names:. Erect spreading shrub to 3 m, rarely a small tree to 4. Long branches curving, sometimes pendulous. Spines mm long. Leaves in clusters of ; petiole mm; lamina green, glossy above, paler beneath, sometimes semi-succulent, Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Calyx mm, glabrous. Corolla creamy-white to pale mauve ; tube narrow, mm long; lobes mm long, sparsely ciliate.

Stamens unequal, 3 included and 3 exserted; filaments glabrous. Fruit mm in diameter, red, spherical to slightly obovoid. Derivation of specific name:. In a wide variety of habitats ranging from woodland to grassland, in relatively dry or moist habitats, sometimes on termitaria and in disturbed places. Altitude range: metres. Flowering time:. Worldwide distribution:. Zimbabwe distribution:. Growth form s :. Endemic status:. Red data list status:.

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Lycium shawii , desert thorn or Arabian boxthorn is a species of thorny shrub adapted to desert environments , and can be found throughout the Arabian peninsula , and some places in Africa. The leaves narrow towards their base. It produces small whitish-pink or purple flowers from September until April, and red pea -sized seedy berries that are edible. Plants often growing nearby include Acacia tortilis and Prosopis cineraria. The stems, leaves and berries are used in traditional medicine. In Yemen , the pounded leaves of this shrub have been used as a cure for eye ailments.


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