Indian Box Thorn
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Indian Box Thorn
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Indian Box Thorn
Botanical name: Lycium edgeworthii    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Lycium indicum, Lycium europeum

Indian Box Thorn is a spiny climbing shrub, 1-2 m tall. Stem and branches are hairless, ash-gray in color. Leaves are 5-20 mm long, 2-7 mm wide, obovate, elliptic-oblong, with a blunt or pointed tip. Flowers are small, white, tubular to funnel-shaped, with 3 mm long petals at the edge of a long tube. Flower stalks are 3-6 mm long. Sepal cup is tubular to funnel- shaped, with sepals 1-1.5 mm long. Some stamens are somewhat protruding. Berry is 3.5 mm broad, round. Seeds are about 2.5 mm long, kidney-shaped, brownish. Indian Box Thorn is found in S. Iran, Pakistan and India. Flowering: October-January.

Identification credit: Pankaj Joshi
Photographed in Delhi.
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