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Lycium andersonii

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Family: SolanaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules 0; blade entire to deeply lobed. Inflorescence: various. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes generally 5; corolla +- radial, cylindric to rotate, lobes generally 5; stamens 5, on corolla tube, alternate lobes; ovary superior, generally 2-chambered, style 1. Fruit: berry, loculicidal or septicidal capsule, [(drupe)], 2--5-chambered.
Genera In Family: 75 genera, 3000 species: worldwide, especially +- tropics; many alien weeds in California; many cultivated for food, drugs, or ornamental (potato, tomato, peppers, tobacco, petunia); Toxicity: many TOXIC. Note: Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn. is a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: LyciumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Shrub 1--4 m, generally with thorns, glabrous, hairy, or glandular-hairy. Leaf: alternate, clustered or not, entire, small, fleshy, generally +- flat to elliptic in ×-section. Inflorescence: clusters; flowers 1--several. Flower: calyx cylindric to bell-shaped, lobes 2--5; corolla funnel- or bell-shaped, +- white, +- green, or +- purple, lobes 4--5; stamens attached at various levels. Fruit: berry, 2-chambered, fleshy [dry]. Seed: 2--many.
Species In Genus: +- 100 species: warm, dry areas worldwide. Etymology: (Latin: Lycia, ancient country of Asia Minor)

Lycium andersonii A. Gray
Habit: Plant +- glabrous; branches spreading to erect. Leaf: 3--15 mm, +- linear-oblanceolate. Flower: calyx 1.5--3 mm, cup-shaped, lobes (2)4--5, +- 0.8 mm; corolla narrowly funnel-shaped, +- white, often violet-tinged, tube 5--10 mm, lobes 1--1.5 mm; stamens +- included to +- exserted, unequal, attached 1/3 from tube base. Fruit: 3--8 mm, red or orange. Seed: many.
Ecology: Gravelly or rocky slopes, washes; Elevation: < 1900 m. Bioregional Distribution: s Teh, s SnJV, SCo, n WTR, PR, SNE, D; Distribution Outside California: to Utah, New Mexico, northwestern Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Synonyms: Lycium andersonii var. deserticola (C.L. Hitchc.) Jeps.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2016. Lycium andersonii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Lycium andersonii
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Lycium andersonii
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Geographic subdivisions for Lycium andersonii:
s Teh, s SnJV, SCo, n WTR, PR, SNE, D;
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