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Colubrina californica


Pen & Ink by Michael Plagens

Pen and ink from live specimen found at Fish Creek, Superstition Mountains, Arizona.

RANGE:Rare in Arizona. Found in just a few isolated Sonoran Desert loacations. Can be found near Fish Creek along the north side of the Superstition Mts., Arizona.

SHRUB: A medium to large shrub. 

FRUIT: Spherical capsule is fairly hard and has three valves .

LEAVES: Non-descript, spatulate leaves.

FLOWERS: Small, whitish-yellow and born in a panicle of about a dozen flowers. Attractive to bees. Flowers late spring.

UNARMED.  Unlike many similar looking shrubs this one lacks thorns.  Some short stiff twigs, but no sharps.

Rhamnaceae -- Buckthorn Family

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