Lycianthes Hassl.

Derived from the name Lycium combined with anthe — flower.

Shrubs or vines. Leaves simple, entire. Flowers solitary or in axillary fascicles. Calyx truncate and with 10 ribs, each with a minute tooth. Corolla wheel-shaped, 5-lobed. Stamens 5, joined to the petals. Ovary of 2 chambers, containing numerous ovules. Fruit a berry.

Grown for the dense foliage and strongly coloured flowers.

This genus is frequently treated as a section of Solanum but is probably more closely related to Capsicum.

Semi-hardwood cuttings or seed.

Very similar to Solanum but has a truncate calyx with 10 ribs and minute teeth.

About 200 species from E Asia and tropical America.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Solanaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Solanales
family       Solanaceae
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