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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary: eighth edition Lycium no. 5. 1768. (Gard. Dict. (ed. 8)) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 7/9/2009)
Status: Introduced


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2. Lycium chinense Mill. (Chinese matrimony vine)

Pl. 562 a, b; Map 2616

Leaf blades 1.2–4.0 cm long (to 5[–7] cm on rapidly elongating young shoots) elliptic, ovate, or rhombic-ovate, occasionally lanceolate. Flower stalks 3–15 mm long. Calyces 3–4 mm long, the lobes angled to a sharply pointed tip. Corollas 9–12 mm long, purple, narrowly bell-shaped; the tube shorter than to about as long as the lobes, tubular to more or less funnel-shaped, the lobes spreading, moderately to densely and minutely hairy along the margins. 2n=24, 36, 48. June–October.

Introduced, uncommon, sporadic (native of Europe, Asia, introduced sporadically in the eastern U.S. and California; Canada). Banks of streams and rivers; also old homesites, farmyards, roadsides, and open, disturbed areas.



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