Lycium shawii Roem. & Schult.

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Lycium shawii

Photo: Jean-Pierre Félu
Near junction of Percy Avenue and Donegal Road, Bulawayo

Lycium shawii

Photo: Jean-Pierre Félu
Near junction of Percy Avenue and Donegal Road, Bulawayo

Lycium shawii

Photo: Jean-Pierre Félu
Near junction of Percy Avenue and Donegal Road, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Lycium albiflorum Dammer
Lycium europaeum L.
Lycium persicum auct.
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Status: Native
Erect spreading shrub to 3 m, rarely a small tree to 4.5 m. Long branches curving, sometimes pendulous. Spines 5-10 mm long. Leaves in clusters of 2-6; petiole 2-5 mm; lamina green, glossy above, paler beneath, sometimes semi-succulent, 2-3.5 × 0.8-1 cm, obovate to elliptic or lanceolate, glabrous or with microscopic glandular hairs. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Calyx 3-5 mm, glabrous. Corolla creamy-white to pale mauve; tube narrow, 12-16 mm long; lobes 3-4 mm long, sparsely ciliate. Stamens unequal, 3 included and 3 exserted; filaments glabrous. Fruit 3-5 mm in diameter, red, spherical to slightly obovoid.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa from Egypt to Ethiopia, East Africa and southwards to NE South Africa; also in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Arabia and western India.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Monday 9 February 2015

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 863. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 272. As Lycium europaeum

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 40 - 42. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 79.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 106.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 74. As Lycium persicum (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Lycium shawii., retrieved 22 February 2024

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