Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Lycium sandwicense
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Solanaceae -- The Nightshade Family Bibliography
      Lycium sandwicense

Common name(s): `ae`ae, `akulikuli `ae`ae, `akulikuli `ohelo, `akulikuli kai, `ohelo kai
General Information
DistributionIndigenous to Rapa, Tonga, Juan Fernández Islands, and Hawai`i.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.
















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Habit
Spreading shrubs up to 1 m tall; branches stiff, bark pale, glabrous.
Leaves
Leaves alternate on primary shoots, clustered on condensed lateral shoots, somewhat succulent, spatulate to linear-spatulate, 0.6-3.5 cm long, 0.2-0.8 cm wide, margins entire, apex rounded, tapering to slender base.
Flowers
Flowers solitary in the axils, pedicels 6-12 mm long; calyx campanulate, 4-lobed, 3-4 mm long, the lobes triangular; corolla whitish or bluish to pink, tubular, expanding to a 4-lobed limb, the tube 0.3-0.4 cm long, not exceeding calyx, the lobes ovate, 5-6 mm long, spreading reticulate-veined; stamens 4, glabrous.
Fruit
Berries red, succulent, globose, ca. 8 mm in diameter.
Seeds
Seeds numerous.
Chromosomes
2n = 24*