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18. Lycium parishii A. Gray, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 20: 305. 1885.

Parish’s desert-thorn

Lycium modestum I. M. Johnston; L. parishii var. modestum (I. M. Johnston) F. Chiang

Shrubs erect, 1–3.5 m; bark sil­very to brown; stems glandular-pubescent. Leaves: blade spatu­late, 3–12 × 1–5 mm, surfaces densely pubescent. Inflores­cences 2-flowered fas­cicles or solitary flowers, erect. Pedicels 2–10 mm. Flowers 5-merous; calyx campanulate, 2–6 mm, lobe lengths 0.5–1 times tube; corolla pale lavender to purple, narrowly campanulate to funnelform, 6–10 mm, lobes 2–3 mm; stamens exserted. Berries red, ovoid, 4–7 mm, fleshy. Seeds 7–15. 2n = 24.

Flowering Feb–Apr. Desert washes, bajadas (Sonoran Desert); 200–1200 m; Ariz., Calif., Nev.; Mexico (Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, San Luis Potosí, Sonora).

Within the flora area, Lycium parishii occurs in Arizona, southern California, and southern Nevada (Clark County).


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