CPC Plant Profile: Hawai'i desert-thorn
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Hawai'i desert-thorn (Lycium sandwicense)

  • Global Rank: N/A
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Solanaceae
  • State: HI
  • Nature Serve ID:
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 06/17/2021

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Dustin Wolkis
  • 11/06/2021

On 3 November 2021, National Tropical Botanical Garden Seed lab staff collected seeds of Lycium sandwicense from Māhāʻulepū on Kauaʻi, HI. Dustin Wolkis was joined by Emily Saling, John Steinhorst, and Jeffrey Frelinger. The plants were erect to sprawling up to 0.3 m high with succulent leaves. Flowers had creamy petals with yellow center. Flowers and fruit present. Occurring on limestone sea cliffs in full sun to scatted canopy on flat to moderate slope.


Center for Plant Conservation
  • 08/19/2021
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

In 2021, CPC contracted National Tropical Botanical Garden to recollect seed from a population currently held in long term orthodox seed storage as part of an IMLS-funded seed longevity experiment. The National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation will evaluate how germination tested viability and RNA Integrity of seed lots decline over time in storage.

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Taxon Lycium sandwicense
Authority A. Gray
Family Solanaceae
CPC Number 48150
Common Names Hawai'i desert-thorn
Associated Scientific Names
State Rank
State State Rank
Hawaii S3

Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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