goji berry Solanaceae Lycium barbarum
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, to 3 inches long, broadly obovate to spatulate or lanceolate, entire margins, blue to gray-green, thin to somewhat thickened (thickness known to vary by variety). Young leaves are edible, with a slightly minty flavor.
Flower:Species is monoecious; narrow tubular, 5 lobed, 1/4 to 3/8 inch long, purple to white on the upper surface, white below; appearing mid-summer.
Fruit:Fleshy orange-red, oval berries (resemble small tomatoes), 3/8 inch long, hang downward, ripen in late fall, edible. The flavor is initially sweet, then bitter. Fruits are generally dried for consumption.
Twig:Stiff, light brown but turning gray, thorny.
Bark:Gray-brown with thorns.
Form:A sprawling, densely branched suckering shrub or vine with arching branches; to 8 feet tall.