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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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Contributor Text: YASIN J. NASIR
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: July September.
Type: Holotype: Described from material cultivated at Chelsea Physic Garden (BM).
Distribution: Distribution: Native to China. Widely cultivated or introduced elsewhere.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The ‘chinese wolfberry or matrimony vine’ is a hardy shrub, occasionally cultivated in the lower hills for ornamental purposes. The leaves can be used as vegetable. Sometimes found as an escape.
Illustration: Lycium chinense Mill. (Illustration)
Map Location: B-7 Hazara Dist.: Abbottabad, M. A. Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 4079 (RAW); id., June 1907, H. Deane s.n. (K); id., Oct. 1956, S. A. Khan s.n. (PPFI-B); Abbottabad-Nowshera, 30.6.1946, J. Thapar s.n. (RAW).


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Glabrous, armed or unarmed bushy shrub from 120-180 cm tall. Branches and shoots ± pendant at the tips. Leaves (10-) 15-60 x 5-50 mm, upper ones smaller in size, oblong-ovate to suborbiculate, glabrous, cuneate. Flowers axillary solitary or 2-3, white, tinged purple. Pedicel 8-12 mm long. Calyx cupular or campanulate; lobes 1-2 mm long, unequal, acute or obtuse. Corolla tube 5-6 mm long, infundibuliform, glabrous within; lobes oblong, ± size of the tube, ciliate. Filaments exserted, dense vinous at the base. Berry oblong or elliptic-ovoid. Seeds c. 2.5 broad, reniform, minutely reticulate, brownish-yellow.
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