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Sonoran Desert Sterculiaceae

Shrubs or small trees with simple leaves. Fruit a capsule with many seeds. One native genus with a couple of species and an exotic tree, often represented by hybrids.

California Ayenia

Ayenia compacta

Bottle Tree


Photo of Ayenia compacta by Mike Plagens

A small, oscure sub-shrub without showy flowers. Found on rocky slopes mostly at mid to upper elevations of the the Sonoran Desert and in transition to chaparral. Triangular, crenulate edged leaves. Detailed Description

Photo © Mike Plagens

Exotic, urban landscape tree occasionally voluteering in nearby desert areas. Dark green, shiny leaves. Flowers in clusters in April. Woody pods splitting open on one side. Detailed Description

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