Lycium brevipes hassei (Greene) C.L.Hitchc.

Santa Catalina Island desert-thorn



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Lycium hassei


Conservation Status

Last record: 1908 or before (Santa Catalina) (Raven, 1963); 1936 (San Clemente) (Philbrick, 1980:184)

Rediscovered (Knapp et al., 2020; contra Humphreys et al., 2019) in 1976


Still listed as extinct by (Humphreys et al., 2019).



Channel Islands (Santa Catalina & San Clemente), California, USA


Biology & Ecology










CPC. (1990). Centre for plant conservation data for North American plants database. CPC, Centre for plant conservation.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Knapp, Wesley M., Frances, Anne, Noss, Reed, Naczi, Robert F. C., Weakley, Alan, Gann, George D., Baldwin, Bruce G., Miller, James, McIntyre, Patrick, Mishler, Brent D., Moore, Gerry, Olmstead, Richard G., Strong, Anna, Gluesenkamp, Daniel and Kennedy, Kathryn. (2020). Regional records improve data quality in determining plant extinction rates. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4: 512-514.

Philbrick, Ralph N.. (1980). Distribution and Evolution of Endemic Plants of the California Islands, pp. 173-187. In: Power, D. M. (ed.). California Islands proceedings. A multidisciplinary symposium. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Raven, P. H. (1963). A flora of San Clemente Island, California. Aliso 5: 289-347.


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