Anderson boxthorn Solanaceae Lycium andersonii A. Gray Listen to the Latin   symbol: LYAN
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Leaf: Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, 1/4 to 1 inch long, broadly obovate to spatulate, entire margins, finely hairy, blue to gray-green, somewhat thickened (thickness known to vary by variety).
Flower: Species is monoecious; narrow tubular, 5 lobed, 1/4 to 3/8 inch long, light purple to nearly white, appearing in late winter to early spring.

Fruit: Fleshy orange-red, oval berries (resemble small tomatoes), 3/8 inch long, hang downward, ripen in spring, edible.

Twig: Stiff, light brown but turning gray, and spine-tipped, leaves appear on short spurs.

Bark: Irregular, interlacing, shallow furrows with shreddy flat ridges.

Form: Densely branched, spiny, rounded shrub up to 8 feet tall (most often 3 to 5 feet).
Looks like: Baja desert-thorn - Fremont's desert-thorn - bitter condalia - blackbrush
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Lycium andersonii can be found (opens a new window). USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
Lycium andersonii is native to North America.

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