Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Unknown/Undetermined

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Physical Description

Type Information

Syntype for Lycium gracilipes A. Gray
Catalog Number: US 47883
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): E. Palmer
Year Collected: 1876
Locality: Williams Fork (alias Bill Williams River)., Arizona, United States, North America
  • Syntype: Gray, A. 1876. Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 12: 81.
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Syntype for Lycium gracilipes A. Gray
Catalog Number: US 47882
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): E. Palmer
Year Collected: 1876
Locality: William's Fork., Arizona, United States, North America
  • Syntype: Gray, A. 1876. Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 12: 81.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

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Wikipedia

Lycium fremontii

Lycium fremontii is a species of flowering plant in the nightshade family, Solanaceae, that is native to northwestern Mexico and the southernmost mountains and deserts of California and Arizona in the United States. It often grows in areas with alkaline soils, such as alkali flats.

Both its common name, Frémont's Desert Thorn, and its specific epithet, "fremontii", are derived from John C. Frémont.[1]

Description[edit]

'Lycium fremontii is a bushy, spreading shrub approaching a maximum height of 4 m (13 ft) with many thorny, leafy branches. The fleshy leaves are oval in shape and up to 2.5 cm (0.98 in) long. Parts of the plant are coated in glandular hairs.

The inflorescence is a small cluster of tubular flowers roughly 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) long including the cylindrical calyx of fleshy sepals at the base. The flower is light to deep purple with purple veining. The corolla is a narrow tube opening into usually five lobes. The fruit is a red berry 6–8 cm (2.4–3.1 in) wide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael L. Charters. "Botanical Names: F". California Plant Names: Latin and Greek Meanings and Derivations. Sierra Madre, CA. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
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