Lycium ferocissimum Miers
Common names : African Boxthorn, Boxthorn [En]
Akrotiri (Ακρωτήρι, Agrotur), LIMASSOL (Λεμεσός, Leymosun) ● Cyprus
Description: African boxthorn is a much branched, perennial shrub, commonly 2–3 m tall, but may grow up to 6 m tall. Branches are hairless and stiff and end in sturdy thorns. Numerous thorns also occur at right angles along the branches.
The leaves are generally 10–40 mm long, 4–10 mm wide, bright green, smooth and rather fleshy. They are oval in shape with a rounded tip and occur in clusters along branchlets and at the base of thorns.
Boxthorn mainly flowers in spring and summer but flowers may be present any time of year. Flowers hang on stalks, singly or in pairs. They are white to mauve with a tubular base, usually five-lobed and about 12 mm in diameter.
Fruit is a smooth round berry, 5–12 mm long, green ripening to bright orange-red, containing more than 20 seeds.
The deep, woody taproot is branched and re-sprouts vigorously if broken or cut.
Distribution: The species is native to Cape Province and Orange Free State in South Africa and has become naturalised in Australia and New Zealand. It is listed on the Noxious Weed List for Australian States and Territories and is a declared noxious weed in the United States.
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