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Lycium macrodon

Watercolor © by Michael Plagens

Watercolor illustration from Growler Mts., Pima Co., Arizona, USA. 28 March 1993. Enlarged view of fruit at bottom-center.

Flowers of Lycium macrodon photo © by Michael Plagens

The flowers are a pleasing cream color tinted with green. Photographed at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA on 21 March 2010.

SHRUB: Woody shrub with stiff branches growing up to 2 m. tall.

LEAVES: Elyptic and pointed at tips. Borne in clusters from knobby growths on the twigs.

RANGE: Uncommon in the low deserts of southwestern Arizona mostly below 1000 m elevation.

FRUIT: Berries are obovate (larger towards tip) and sometimes flared.

FLOWERS: The whitish-green tubular flowers appear in spring mostly.

ARMED: Thorny, however thorns are not so sharp nor numerous.

Solanaceae -- Nightshade Family

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