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Lycium

 

(Russian, dereza ), a genus of deciduous or evergreen, usually thorny, shrubs of the family Solanaceae. The leaves.are alternate or in fascicles, simple, and entire. The flowers are monoecious, axillary, and gathered in clusters or single. The fruit is a red, sometimes black, juicy berry. There are about 100 species, growing in the temperate and subtropical regions of both hemispheres (mainly South America). In the USSR there are five species, found in deserts, semideserts, and steppes in the southeastern European USSR, in the Caucasus, and in Middle Asia. The most common are L. ruthenicum, L. turcomanicum, and L. dasystemum. The species L. barbarum and L. halimifolium are cultivated as hedges and for ornamental purposes. Many species are drought resistant and grow in poor soil, and some are salt resistant. The Russian peashrub, Caragana frutex of the legume family is also called dereza.

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Along the banks and beds of the typical rivers of the northern deserts, including the Sarysu (in Kazakhstan) and the Dzavhan (in southern Mongolia), there are only a few low clumps of willow (Salix), thickets of shrubby tamarisk (Tamarix), and scattered specimens of boxthorn (Lycium).
O'Leary, a former Littlerock High student, was kicked and beaten just after midnight on May 20 after he went to pick up his girlfriend, Stacy Holzer, a Littlerock High cheerleader, at a party at a home in the 38000 block of Boxthorn Avenue in Palmdale.
O'Leary was kicked and beaten just after midnight early Saturday after he went to pick up his girlfriend, Stacy Holzer, a Littlerock High cheerleader, at a party at a home in the 38000 block of Boxthorn Avenue in Palmdale.
O'Leary, a former Littlerock High student, was punched and kicked several times in the upper body and face outside a house in the 38000 block of Boxthorn Street in Palmdale, witnesses said.