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.
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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