Taxon: Lycium ferocissimum Miers

Genus: Lycium
Family: Solanaceae
  Subfamily: Solanoideae
      Tribe: Lycieae
Nomen number: 316381
Place of publication: Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. ser. 2, 14:187. 1854
Name Verified on: 05-Apr-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1994
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • African boxthorn  (Source: F SAust) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Econ Pl Aust)
  • Environmental: shade/shelter (fide Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Connor)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Econ Pl Aust; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Southern Africa: South Africa - Cape Province, - Free State

  • Naturalized:

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. Flora of New Zealand. 1961- (F NZeal)
  • Arnold, T. H. & B. C. De Wet, eds. Plants of southern Africa: names and distribution. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa no. 62. 1993 (Pl SAfr)
  • Bond, P. & P. Goldblatt Plants of the Cape Flora, J. S. African Bot. suppl. vol. 13. 1984 (L Cape)
  • Connor, H. E. The poisonous plants of New Zealand. 1992 (Connor)
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11. 1990 (L Aust)
  • Jessop, J. P. & H. R. Toelken, eds. Flora of South Australia, ed. 4. 1986 (F SAust)
  • Lazarides, M. & B. Hince CSIRO Handbook of Economic Plants of Australia. 1993 (Econ Pl Aust)
  • Parsons, W. T. & E. G. Cuthbertson Noxious weeds of Australia. 1992 (Noxweed Aust)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Weber, E. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds. 2003 (Invasive Pl Spec)

Check other web resources for Lycium ferocissimum Miers :

  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.