Pulchritude: Goji

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The Goji plant is best known for its antioxidant containing berries. Also known as the wolfberry, this plant is native to southeastern Europe and Asia. The plant grows between 1-3 meters in height, with leaves that are 7 centimeters in length and 3.5 centimeters in width. Its flowers grow in groups of 1-3, with petals that are 9-14 millimeters in length and lavender to light purple in color. The fruit of the flowers is elliptical in shape a vibrant bright red-orange and grows 1-2 centimeters in length. Goji is used to refer to two species, Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense, of similar plants. Both have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and are believed to be a treatment for nightsweats, inflammation, cough, and pneumonia, though these claims have not been supported by current medicine. The term wolfberry stems from a Chinese legend that the alpha wolf eats the berries, vines, and leaves of the plant to maintain its dominance.


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