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. This plant family is closely related to and most often combined with the Malvaceae.

California Ayenia

Ayenia compacta

Bottle Tree


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

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

Sonoran Desert Places


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