Calflora
Taxon  Report   5236    
Lycium chinense  Mill.
Chinese desert thorn,  Matrimony vine
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Lycium chinense, a dicot, is a shrub that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Plant Characteristics
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Family: SOLANACEAE  
Genus: Lycium
Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Lycium chinense var. chinense
PLANTS: Lycium chinense var. ovatum
More information about  Lycium chinense
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (LYCH)

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Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 16, 2018).

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