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Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum

Higher Taxonomy
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 pallidum Miers var. oligospermum C.L. Hitchc.
Habit: Very thorny, glabrous; branches many, spreading to ascending. Leaf: 10--50 mm, oblong to narrowly obovate, glabrous, glaucous. Flower: calyx 5--8 mm, bell-shaped, lobes 5, +- = tube; corolla narrowly funnel-shaped, green-white, purple-tinged or -veined, tube 8--12 mm; stamens exserted, attached at tube middle. Fruit: 8--10 mm, green-purple, firm. Seed: 5--7.
Ecology: Flats, washes, slopes; Elevation: < 1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: DMoj, n DSon; Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Unabridged Note: Lycium pallidum var. pallidum (corolla tube 12--18 mm, seeds 15+), of Arizona and states to the northern and e, expected in but thus far not documented for eastern DMoj.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael H. Nee
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Citation for this treatment: Michael H. Nee 2017. Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 22, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 22, 2017.

Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum
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Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum
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Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum
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Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum
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© 2010 Aaron Schusteff
Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum
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Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum
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Geographic subdivisions for Lycium pallidum var. oligospermum:
DMoj, n DSon;
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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