This young stem of Lycium oxycarpum still has purple colouring apart from a covering of scattered whitish lenticels. The colour and lenticels extend to the short spur branchlets where a few leaves can be seen, but not in whorls here.
Young branches of this shrub (sometimes tree) may also be creamy brown in colour. The photo is from a Little Karoo plant near Oudtshoorn, taken in August (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Coates Palgrave, 2002).
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