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Genus: Lycium

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Solanales > Family: Solanaceae

About 100 species, found worldwide in warm and temperate regions, especially the New World. There are about 23 species native to southern Africa, with an additional two species cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Lycium acutifolium

 

Lycium afrum

 

Lycium amoenum

 

Lycium arenicola

 

Lycium bosciifolium

 

Lycium cinereum

 

Lycium decumbens

 

Lycium eenii

 

Lycium ferocissimum

 

Lycium gariepense

 

Lycium grandicalyx

 

Lycium hirsutum

 

Lycium horridum

 

Lycium mascarenense

 

Lycium oxycarpum

 

Lycium pilifolium

 

Lycium pumilum

 

Lycium schizocalyx

 

Lycium shawii

 

Lycium strandveldense

 

Lycium tenue

 

Lycium tetrandrum

 

Lycium villosum

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lycium barbatum (Duke of Argyll's tea tree)

Native to the Mediterranean.

 

Lycium chinensis

Native to China.

 

Herbivores in southern Africa

Acherontia atropos (Death's Head Hawkmoth)

The caterpillars eat the leaves of many species in the Solanaceae, including Lycium.

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae

 
 

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