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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 8, Part 4. Solanaceae. Gonçalves AE. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Erect, profusely branched shrub 0.9–3 m high Erect, profusely branched shrub 0.9–3 m high.
Morphology Stem
Stems curved to somewhat pendulous, glabrous; spines smooth, slender, 5–10(40) mm long; bark pale grey or creamy-white on young stems to dark brown on the older ones Stems curved to somewhat pendulous, glabrous; spines smooth, slender, 5–10(40) mm long; bark pale grey or creamy-white on young stems to dark brown on the older ones.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves in clusters of 3–9, subsessile or with a petiole up to (4)5(8) mm long; lamina blue-green to yellowish-green, semi-succulent, 10–30(50) × 3–8(11) mm, narrowly obovate to oblong-elliptic or narrowly lanceolate, apex rounded to acute, with microscopic, short glandular hairs Leaves in clusters of 3–9, subsessile or with a petiole up to (4)5(8) mm long; lamina blue-green to yellowish-green, semi-succulent, 10–30(50) × 3–8(11) mm, narrowly obovate to oblong-elliptic or narrowly lanceolate, apex rounded to acute, with microscopic, short glandular hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers hermaphrodite, 5-merous, erect to slightly pendulous. Flowers hermaphrodite, 5-merous, erect to slightly pendulous; pedicels 4–6(11) mm long, with vesture as on leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 4–6(11) mm long, with vesture as on leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 3–5 mm long, with vesture as on pedicels; tube tubular-campanulate, 1. 5–2.5 mm wide; lobes subequal or unequal, 0.8–5 mm long, triangular, acute, erect Calyx 3–5 mm long, with vesture as on pedicels; tube tubular-campanulate, 1.5–2.5 mm wide; lobes subequal or unequal, 0.8–5 mm long, triangular, acute, erect.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla dirty-white to cream with violet lobes and venation and a purple patch at the base of the lobes, (10)11–15(24) mm long, glabrous outside; tube narrowly tubular-infundibuliform, occasionally slightly curved, pilose on the inside from the base to above filament insertion; limb 6–7(9) mm across; lobes 1. 5–2(3) mm long, semi-elliptic, spreading, ciliolate Corolla dirty-white to cream with violet lobes and venation and a purple patch at the base of the lobes, (10)11–15(24) mm long, glabrous outside; tube narrowly tubular-infundibuliform, occasionally slightly curved, pilose on the inside from the base to above filament insertion; limb 6–7(9) mm across; lobes 1.5–2(3) mm long, semi-elliptic, spreading, ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 1. 5–2 mm long, conical, apiculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 13–17(22) mm long, exserted
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit red or orange-red, sometimes black, (5)6(10) × 3–5 mm, oblong-ellipsoid to ovoid, apiculate Fruit red or orange-red, sometimes black, (5)6(10) × 3–5 mm, oblong-ellipsoid to ovoid, apiculate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2 × 1. 5 mm, reniform Seeds 2 × 1.5 mm, reniform.
Ecology
Acacia and sometimes other wooded grassland, riverbanks, dry riverbeds and floodplains, Kalahari Sand dunes and limestone outcrops; up to 1067 m.
Note
The sterile specimen, Symes 67/M/23 (SRGH), from Zimbabwe S: Beitbridge Distr., Maramani C.L. (T.T.L.), Acacia-mopane veld, is probably this species. The specimen with flowers and fruits, H.C. Day s.n. (BM), from KwaZulu-Natal to N Zambesi, is this species.
Distribution
Botswana. Zimbabwe BOT N, BOT SW, ZIM W Also known from arid regions of southern Angola, Namibia and north-western South Africa (including the Richtersveld).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens unequal, attached from a third above the base to the middle of the corolla tube, all exserted; filaments 12–14 mm long, pilose at the base. Stamens unequal, attached from a third above the base to the middle of the corolla tube, all exserted; filaments 12–14 mm long, pilose at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk inconspicuous, green. Disk inconspicuous, green
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 1.5–2 mm long, conical, apiculate; style 13–17(22) mm long, exserted.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Lycium bosciifolium Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 10, 1994 Engler, A. [6453], South Africa K000426091 isotype

First published in Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 56: 263 (1911)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Flora Zambesiaca 8(4): 1-124. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa 56: 176 (1987)
  • Tax. Lycium Afr.: 136, fig. 8.2.11 (2000).
  • The Genus Lycium in Africa, Kew Herb. unpubl. rep.: 1, 5 (1974).
  • Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 56: 263 (1911).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Flora Zambesiaca 8(4): 1-124. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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