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Desert Almond

Prunus fasciculata

Pen & Ink Illustration © by Michael Plagens

Drawn from live specimen observed in Mojave Co., Arizona. This specimen had been heavily browsed by Wild Burro, (Equus asinus).

RANGE: This is a shrub of the Mojave Desert and chaparral zones. It can be found in the Sonoran Desert along the northwest fringes where it merges with the Mojave.

SHRUB: A medium to large-sized shrub. Stiff branches.

LEAVES: Leaves are elyptic with tappered tips with maybe a few stray teeth along margin. Leaves are clustered together in fascicles.

FRUIT: A small, fuzzy, mostly dry drupe. Pit appears like a small almond.

FLOWERS: Small yellowish flowers are in the axils of twigs and leaves and are rather obscure.


Rosaceae -- Rose Family

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