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Duke of Argyll's Teaplant - lycium barbarum

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Duke of Argyll's Teaplant Duke of Argyll's Teaplant - lycium barbarum dylan South Gloucester 25 Sep 2023, 12:48 a.m. 24 Sep 2023, 5:46 p.m.

Species Description

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout the South, becoming limited to coastlines in the North. Habitat includes: Rough places often by the sea in places such as hedge banks, scrub, old walls, allotments, shingle, wasteland etc. Growing habit: Deciduous, suckering, spiny Perennial. Height: Up to 3 m. Flowers: June to September. The seeds are often spread by birds. Introduced to Britain before 1696 and recorded from the wild since 1848. Other names include: Chinese Wolfberry, Barbary Matrimony Vine, Red Medlar, Matrimony Vine, Duke of Argyll's Tea-tree, Goji Berry.

Stace 4:

lycium barbarum L. (L. halmifolium Mill.) - Duke of Argyll's Teaplant.

Scrambling shrub to 3m; leaves elliptic to narrowly so, widest near middle, 2-10cm; calyx about 3-5mm; corolla purplish, mostly <17mm across, divided to <about 1/2 way to base of tube; corolla-lobes usually not or sparsely minutely ciliate, each with 3 dark veins scarcely branching; berry bright red, ellipsoid, 10-20mm; (2n=24). Neophyte-naturalised; grown as hedging and naturalised in rough ground, hedges and on walls; scattered throughout British Isles, mainly England; China.

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Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora

Ecological Flora of Britain and Ireland