Torrey Wolfberry

Lycium torreyi

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Lycium Torreyi

The lycium torreyi, wolfberry is found in New Mexico but did not originate from
here. It is Native to northern New Mexico and the southwestern Untied States from California to Texas. This scrub also grows pretty tall, maximum high being 9.8ft. Some of the growing conditions are low water usage, lots of sunlight required, and the soil should not be too moist. Some of the benefits of this plant are that the berries grow off it can be eaten by birds and small mammals.

The plant Lycium means Lukeion in Greek which stands for Apollo Lyceus. He is the god of sun and light. That’s the only way it will grow tall. On the other hand, torreyi is a word that was made specifically for this plant. The berries from the plant are actually edible for birds and humans. For humans, they are more appetizing when they are dried out kind of like raisins. They also make this into oils, used as a powerful antioxidant Hurd. This was used in Asian culture when taken to make your immune system stronger witch cause better health.

The Lycium Torreyi plant grows along the walls because the branches are not big enough to stand by itself. They also have small, thick leaves that grow along the sides of the plant. Above and below the leaves there are small purple flowers and bright red berries that grow towards the top of the tree. This makes it more convenient for the birds to eat them.

Sophia, Menaul High School

Works Cited
“EFlora Search Page.” Spatholobus Suberectus in Chinese Plant Names @, flora_id=1&name_str=Lycium%2Btorreyi&btnSearch=Search&chkAllFloras=on.
“Lycium Torreyi .” Google Search, Google, hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Lycium%2Btorreyi.
“Plant Database.” Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin,
“Plants Profile for Lycium Torreyi (Torrey Wolfberry).” Plants Profile for Taxodium Ascendens (Pond Cypress),

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Color purple
Berry red