Spreading or scrambling spiny deciduous shrubs. Twigs slender, 5-angled, glabrous, often whitish or with short striations; pith moderate, spongy. Buds small and inconspicuously multiple, subglobose, indistinctly scaly. Leaf-scars alternate, crescent-shaped, small; bundle-trace 1; stipule-scars lacking.

Fig. 286. Lycium halimifolium

Fig. 286. Lycium halimifolium.

1. L. halimifolium Mill. Matrimony-Vine. Shrub with lithe runners, up to 3 m. long, recurved-drooping, sometimes sparingly if at all spiny; twigs pale gray, not hairy. Introduced from Europe and spread from cultivation (Fig. 286).