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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 2017. Lycium andersonii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 21, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 21, 2017.

Lycium andersonii
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© 2012 Keir Morse
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© 2010 James M. Andre
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© 2002 Gary A. Monroe
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Geographic subdivisions for Lycium andersonii:
s Teh, s SnJV, SCo, n WTR, PR, SNE, D;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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