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African boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum)

Invasive Assessment | Impact Assessment | Potential Distribution | Present Distribution

Scientific name:Lycium ferocissimum Miers

Common Name:



Declared Noxious weed. The Agriculture Victoria website has information about the noxious weed classification of this species.


Subhumid and semi-arid subtropical regions where it occurs on drier soils (Parsons and Cuthbertson 1992). It grows on all soil types, but establishes best on lighter soils, particularly along dry creek beds (Parsons and Cuthbertson 1992). It has been used as a hedge plant from where it has spread into pastures, neglected areas, and along roadsides, railway reserves and waterways (Parsons and Cuthbertson 1992). Boxthorn can invade dry coastal vegetation, lowland grassland and grassy woodland, riparian vegetation and rock outcrop vegetation (Carr et al 1992)

Photo: African Boxthorn plant
African boxthorn plant
Photo: Mark Imhof
Photo: African Boxthorn fruit
African boxthorn fruit
Photo: Mark Imhof

Additional information about African boxthorn is located on the Agriculture Victoria website - including plant status, plant biology, growth and lifecycle, and management.

Related Links

Information on African Boxthorn on the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment's website (external link).
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