Lycium afrum L.

Kraal Honeythorn

Sp. Pl. 191 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub to 3 m high, more or less glabrous; main branches rigid, lateral branches leafy, ending in a stout spine. Leaves usually clustered, narrow-obovate to linear, mostly 12–25 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex obtuse, base attenuate into a short obscure petiole, margins entire, slightly fleshy, green. Flowers usually solitary in axils; pedicels 5–8 mm long; calyx campanulate, 4–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2 mm long; fruiting calyx 2-lipped; corolla 15–20 mm long, purplish, lobes suborbicular; stamens 5, included, anthers 2–2.5 mm long; pistil c. 12 mm long. Berry more or less globose, 12–15 mm long, purplish; seeds c. 20, c. 3 mm diam., dull yellowish-brown. Flowers spring–autumn.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold. Native to southern Africa. Sparingly naturalised in Victoria (e.g far south-west, near Inglewood, Sorrento).

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Solanaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
family Solanaceae
genus Lycium
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species Lycium afrum L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lycium afrum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lycium afrum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present introduced

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