SHRUB: A large, non-discript, shrub often 2 to 4 m in height with stiff,
FRUIT: Spherical drupe is indeed olive-like, but quite small.
RANGE: The plant is most often encountered within steep, relatively
well-watered rocky canyons at elevation of 800m to 2000m elevation
in the Upper Sonoran of Arizona and Sonora.
LEAVES: Small oblong to elyptic leaves are opposite or may appear
clustered on the stems.
FLOWERS: Very small male and female flowers borne on the same plant
without sepals or petals. Female flowers occur singly and develope the
fruit. Odd appearing male flowers are borne in clusters of 4 to 10 and
each one has just one stamen.
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Michael J. Plagens, 1999-07