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Sonoran Desert Ratany

Woody shrubs mostly less than a meter tall. Purple flowers. Fruit capsules with hooked prickles. Narrowly elyptic leaves. Several species, the two common ones shown.

Range Ratany

Krameria erecta

White Ratany

Krameria grayi

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Bilaterially symmetrical flowers dark purple with curiously barbed fruit capsules. Young twigs purplish with slightly sharp twig-tips. Detailed Description

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Gaudy pink-purple flowers. Barbed fruit capsules have spines clustered at the end of the spine. Young twigs whitish and barely sharp. Detailed Description

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