Lycium torreyi
Common Name: Torrey's box-thorn
Family: Solanaceae
Element Code: PDSOL0G0K0
Full Name: Lycium torreyi A. Gray

Biology Glossary
  • Lifeform: perennial shrub
  • Blooming Period: January - November
  • Habitat: Sandy, rocky, washes, streambanks, desert valleys.
    • Mojavean desert scrub
    • Sonoran desert scrub
Rarity Status Glossary
Occurrence Data from DFG
California Natural Diversity Database Glossary
  • Total # of Known Element Occurrences:
  • Element Occurrence Ranks:
    A B C D X U
  • Population Status:
    >20 yrs
    <=20 yrs
  • Presence:
    Present Extant Possibly Extirpated Extirpated
Notes Glossary
  • Plants in CA outside vicinity of Colorado River are likely misidentifications; needs further study. Many occurrences historical; needs field surveys. Potentially threatened by solar energy development. Often confused with L. andersonii and L. brevipes var. brevipes. See Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 6:47 (1862) for original description.
  • To submit rare plant observation data, use the CNDDB field survey form. Please see also the CNPS Rare Plant Data page.
  • Date Added: 2015-05-05
  • Last Update: 2015-09-22
Location Glossary
  • Elevation: -50 - 1220 meters
  • California Endemic: no
  • States: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, Texas, Utah
  • California Counties and Islands:   name (code)
    Imperial (IMP),  Inyo (INY),  Riverside (RIV),  San Bernardino (SBD),  San Diego (SDG)
  • Quads:   name (DWR code) USGS code
    Picacho Peak (012B) 32114H6,  Araz (012C) 32114G6,  Hedges (013A) 32114H7,  Kane Spring NE (030A) 33115B7,  Borrego Mountain SE (031D) 33116A1,  Tubb Canyon (032B) 33116B4,  Palo Verde (040B) 33114D6,  Borrego Palm Canyon (047C) 33116C4,  Blythe NE (058A) 33114F5,  Blythe (058D) 33114E5,  Sidewinder Well (060B) 33115F2,  Mortmar (063C) 33115E8,  Mecca (064D) 33116E1,  Big Maria Mts. NE (075A) 33114H5,  San Jacinto (084C) 33116G8,  Cross Roads (094B) 34114B2,  Parker (095A) 34114B3,  Parker NW (095B) 34114B4,  Parker SW (095C) 34114A4,  Vidal Junction (096A) 34114B5,  Vidal (096D) 34114A5,  Yucca Valley North (103B) 34116B4,  Gene Wash (120C) 34114C2,  Whipple Mts. SW (121C) 34114C4,  Whipple Wash (121D) 34114C3,  Ludlow (153B) 34116F2,  Victorville (158D) 34117E3,  Needles (172D) 34114G5,  Daggett (181C) 34116G8,  Barstow (182A) 34117H1,  Hodge (182C) 34117G2,  Kramer Hills (183B) 34117H4,  Slate Range Crossing (280A) 35117H3,  Homewood Canyon (280B) 35117H4,  Dantes View (300B) 36116B6,  Ryan (323C) 36116C6
  • Notes:
      Definitions of codes preceding a county and/or quad:
      * Presumed extirpated
      ? Uncertain about distribution or identity
      ?* Uncertain about distribution, but presumed extirpated if once present
      (?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
      Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable.
Quad data is not available for all List 3 and 4 plants. For those that do contain this data, it has not been quality controlled and is potentially incomplete, inaccurate, and/or out of date. Please use caution when referencing this information. We are currently working hard to maintain this data and hope to provide accurate and up to date information in the near future.
Presumed Extant Presumed Extirpated or Unknown 3407
Links to Leading Resources of Taxon Information
Suggested Citation
CNPS, Rare Plant Program. . Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants (online edition, v8-02). California Native Plant Society, Sacramento, CA. Website [accessed ].

32114H6=Picacho Peak (012B) 32114H6;32114G6=Araz (012C) 32114G6;32114H7=Hedges (013A) 32114H7;33115B7=Kane Spring NE (030A) 33115B7;33116A1=Borrego Mountain SE (031D) 33116A1;33116B4=Tubb Canyon (032B) 33116B4;33114D6=Palo Verde (040B) 33114D6;33116C4=Borrego Palm Canyon (047C) 33116C4;33114F5=Blythe NE (058A) 33114F5;33114E5=Blythe (058D) 33114E5;33115F2=Sidewinder Well (060B) 33115F2;33115E8=Mortmar (063C) 33115E8;33116E1=Mecca (064D) 33116E1;33114H5=Big Maria Mts. NE (075A) 33114H5;33116G8=San Jacinto (084C) 33116G8;34114B2=Cross Roads (094B) 34114B2;34114B3=Parker (095A) 34114B3;34114B4=Parker NW (095B) 34114B4;34114A4=Parker SW (095C) 34114A4;34114B5=Vidal Junction (096A) 34114B5;34114A5=Vidal (096D) 34114A5;34116B4=Yucca Valley North (103B) 34116B4;34114C2=Gene Wash (120C) 34114C2;34114C4=Whipple Mts. SW (121C) 34114C4;34114C3=Whipple Wash (121D) 34114C3;34116F2=Ludlow (153B) 34116F2;34117E3=Victorville (158D) 34117E3;34114G5=Needles (172D) 34114G5;34116G8=Daggett (181C) 34116G8;34117H1=Barstow (182A) 34117H1;34117G2=Hodge (182C) 34117G2;34117H4=Kramer Hills (183B) 34117H4;35117H3=Slate Range Crossing (280A) 35117H3;35117H4=Homewood Canyon (280B) 35117H4;36116B6=Dantes View (300B) 36116B6;36116C6=Ryan (323C) 36116C6