|Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange|
|TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993)||
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Shrub, generally ± leafless, thorny, unscented
Stem: branches many, smooth, rigid, interlocking
Leaves simple, alternate, scale-like, ephemeral
Inflorescence: raceme, axillary, bracted
Flower radial, bisexual, small; sepals 4, free; petals 4, free; stamens 8, filaments flat; ovary ± stalked, spheric, stigma minute, head-like
Fruit: berry; chambers 2, each 12-seeded.
The only genus
Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (C.L. Koeberlin, German clergyman, botanist, born 1794)
Plant < 5 m, short-spreading-hairySee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem: branchlets 2570 mm, pale green, tipped by 36 mm, black thorns
Leaf < 2 mm
Inflorescence 315 mm; pedicels 36 mm
Flower: sepals 12 mm, ovate, entire, greenish white; petals 34 mm, 0.51 mm wide, short-clawed with an obovate or oblanceolate limb, white; stamens 2.84 mm, anthers 0.81 mm; ovary 11.2 mm, stalk 0.30.5 mm, style 11.5 mm
Fruit 2.53.5 mm, black
Ecology: Creosote-bush scrub
Elevation: 1600 m.
Bioregional distribution: Sonoran Desert (Chocolate Mtns)
Distribution outside California: sw Arizona, Mexico (nw Sonora)
Often included in Capparaceae. Ssp. spinosa not in CA.