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Taxon: Lycium barbarum L.

Genus: Lycium
Family: Solanaceae subfamily: Solanoideae tribe: Lycieae
Nomen number: 22939
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:192. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 30-Apr-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 31-Dec-2001
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Barbary matrimony-vine   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • Chinese boxthorn   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • Chinese wolfberry   (Source: Pl Names ) – English
  • Duke of Argyll's teaplant   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • Duke of Argyll's teatree   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • goji-berry   (Source: Pl Names ) – English
  • Himalayan goji   (Source: Pl Names ) – English
  • matrimony-vine   (Source: CRC MedHerbs ed2 ) – English
  • Tibetan goji   (Source: Pl Names ) – English
  • ning xia gou qi   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • Bocksdorn   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – German
  • bocktörne   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    China: China - Gansu, Hebei [n.], Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shanxi [n.], Sichuan, Xinjiang

  • naturalized elsewhere

    China: China [also cult.]




Check other web resources for Lycium barbarum L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database 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.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.
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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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