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Steve Boyd & Staria S. Vanderpool

Shrub or small tree, generally ± leafless, thorny, unscented. Stem: branches many, rigid, interlocking, glabrous to puberulent, smooth-papillate at 10×. Leaf: simple, alternate, generally scale-like, ephemeral. Inflorescence: raceme or ± umbel-like, axillary, bracted. Flower: radial, bisexual, small; sepals 4, free; petals 4, free; stamens 8, filaments thick, 4-angled in ×-section; ovary ± stalked, spheric, style beak-like, straight, curved, or ± coiled when dry, stigma entire, head-like, or ± 3-lobed. Fruit: berry spheric, fleshy; chambers 2, each 1–2-seeded; style base ± persistent.
1 genus, 2 species: southwestern North America, Mexico, Bolivia. [Holmes et al. 2008 Brittonia 60:171–184] Often included in Capparaceae. —Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.

(C.L. Koeberlin, German clergyman, botanist, b. 1794)

K. spinosa Zucc. var. tenuispina Kearney & Peebles SLENDER-SPINED ALL THORN
Plant 3–10 m, puberulent. Stem: branchlets (25)33–70(82) mm, pale green, tips narrow, sharp-pointed, 3–6 mm, black or dark brown. Leaf: < 2 mm. Inflorescence: 1–7 cm, occasionally thorn-tipped; bracts ± 1.5 mm, linear, ± succulent; pedicels 3–6 mm. Flower: sepals ± 1.3 mm, ovate-deltate, entire or ± irregularly minutely toothed, puberulent, pale green; petals 4–4.8 mm, short-clawed, blade obovate or oblanceolate, glabrous, white (yellow); stamens 2–4 mm, glabrous; ovary 1.8–2 mm diam, stalk 0.5–0.8 mm, style 1–1.2 mm, straight to ± S-curved when dry, stigma entire to minute-lobed. Fruit: 4–5 mm, glabrous, black.
Creosote-bush scrub; 400 m. Sonoran Desert (Chocolate Mtns); southwestern Arizona, Mexico (eastern Baja California, northwestern Sonora). [Koeberlinia spinosa subsp. tenuispina (Kearney & Peebles) A.E. Murray] Mar–Jul [Online Interchange] {CNPS listed}
Unabridged note: Koeberlinia spinosa var. spinosa in southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, southern Texas, northeastern Mexico; Koeberlinia spinosa var. wivaggii W.C. Holmes, K.L. Yip & Rushing in southeastern Texas, northeastern Mexico.

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 27 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Koeberlinia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 27 2015

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