Taxon  Report   5235    
Lycium californicum  Nutt.
California box thorn,  California boxthorn, California desert thorn
Lycium californicum
© 2004 Michael Charters
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Lycium californicum
© 2013 Keir Morse
Lycium californicum
© 2004 Michael Charters
Lycium californicum, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is found only slightly beyond California borders.
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Lycium californicum
© 2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Genus: Lycium
Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

More information about  Lycium californicum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).