African Boxthorn Find a Weed

(Lycium ferocissimum) A straggly shrub to 6m in height originally from the Cape Province of South Africa, African Boxthorn is a declared noxious weed in all south-eastern States of Australia. First introduced for hedgerows, it quickly naturalised and is now widespread over wasteland, especially in high rainfall areas. Its branches terminate in stout spines. White to pale mauve flowers appear in spring/summer and later mature to scarlet berries in autumn, which are attractive to birds and foxes. Spread is mainly by seeds carried in bird and fox droppings. It also shoots readily from broken roots. Uncontrolled, African Boxthorn may form dense thickets that harbour foxes and other feral animals.

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