Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lycium feroissimum

Lycium feroissimum (African Box-thorn) a noxious weed

Lycium feroissimum originated from southern Africa and is a declared noxious weed in all of NSW.

Family - Solanaceae

Common name - African Box-thorn

Flowers and fruit - White to mauve tubular flower 10 to 12mm long with protruding stamens. Fruit is an orange-red berry 5 to 10mm diameter containing many seeds. Lycium feroissimum flowers and fruits at any time through the year.

Leaves and stems - Leaves are usually clustered, 10 to 40mm long and 4 to 10 mm wide. Stems are woody when mature, and bear sharp, stout spines.

Habit and habitat - Dense many-branched shrub to 4m high. Grows in agricultural, pastoral and urban wasteland, as well as open woodland.
White/mauve flower with protruding stamens

Fruit are eaten by birds which disperse seeds of this noxious weed

Spines are very sharp