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A trio of this spectacular Japanese acer is aflame in the Autumn Garden.
A trio of this spectacular Japanese acer is aflame in the Autumn Garden.
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Lycium barbarum

This shrubby member of the potato, Solanaceae family, is striking for the strings of bright red and orange fruits, hanging like drops of blood from farinaceous branches, which, when dried, are sold as goji berries and marketed as a superfood.
In fact, this plant may get a prize for greatest number of common names, which according to Wikipedia include Chinese wolfberry, mede berry, barbary matrimony vine, bocksdorn, Duke of Argyll's tea tree, Murali (in India), red medlar, or matrimony vine.

The plant is also notable for the rather sinister flowers, the colour of methylated spirit, fading to white at the petal edge.

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