Texas Mulberry

Morus microphylla

Pen & Ink Morus microphylla by Michael Plagens

Drawn from specimen found at Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., AZ. In the shady thickets where this tree is found, Abert's Towhee, a largish, brown sparrow with a dark face mask, is a commonly encountered bird.

LEAVES: Deciduous, toothed leaves with one, two or no lobes. Mature leaves are usually less than 7 cm long and are notably pubescent esp. along the midveins.

RANGE: In the Sonoran Desert of Arizona this native plant grows in partially shaded wooded areas where there is permanent subsurface water mostly above 800 m elevation. Uncommon.

TREE: A small tree, often with multiple trunks, growing in bosques along riparian corridors.

FLOWERS: Small, green and inconspicuous in early spring.

FRUIT: Small reddish berry with bumpy texture indicating separate ovaries.


Morus microphylla © by Michael Plagens

Moraceae -- Mulberry Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 11 Nov. 2007,
updated 23 Nov. 2019.