These fruits of Lycium oxycarpum were found still on the plant near Beaufort West in December. Flowering usually occurs in winter and spring, but will also happen in summer after rain, followed by this later fruiting.
Oxycarpum is derived from the Greek words carpos meaning fruit and oxys meaning any of the following: sharp, pointed, dazzling, shrill or pungent. Since the shape of the fruit probably does not fit the options and shrill hardly comes into the reckoning, a pungent taste might be it, unless the colour was thought to be dazzling.
The distribution area of the species is inland in the Western Cape and Northern Cape, while in the Eastern Cape it reaches the coast north of Port Elizabeth. This is a large area with habitat variation. The plant mainly occurs in dry regions with extremes of temperature. The habitat is mainly low-lying flood plain flats among scrub in deep soil (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Coates Palgrave, 2002).