Some Common Plants of Upper Newport Bay

California Boxthorn  (Lycium californicum)
Plant: Shrub 3 to 6 feet tall, many dense spine tipped branches.
Flowers: White petals about 1/4 inch  long, flowers on short stems.
Fruit: Red berry
Leaf/Stem: Fleshy 1/8 to 3/8 inch long on short or no stems.  Cylindrical shaped.
Flowering period:   March to July
Use by Indians:  Berries were pounded into small cakes with a little water and dried for food.
Can be found here: Big Canyon, below West bluffs
Native Plant: Yes Halophyte: No
Family Name: Nightshade
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Date: 11/16/2003