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Texas Mulberry

Morus microphylla

Pen & Ink 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 leass than 7 cm long and are noteably 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 growing in bosques along riparian corridors.

FLOWERS: Small, green and inconspicuous in early spring.

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


Moraceae -- Mulberry Family

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