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Hwy 96
Sue Smith
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Castle Hot Springs Rd
Sue Smith
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Leaves
Hwy 96
Sue Smith
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Flowers
Hwy 96
Sue Smith
Plant Image
Flowers
Hwy 96
Sue Smith
Plant Image
Flowers
Hwy 96
Sue Smith
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Semi-evergreen. Shrub to small tree with short trunk bearing numerous, simple, erect, spiny branches. Canes are leafless most of the year but bright green leaves appear after heavy rains. During arid conditions, leaves will turn brown and fall.
Identification notes: Stems several to many from the same base, simple and cane-like with widely spreading spines, often without leaves. Only species in this family.
Height: 6-1/2 to 20 feet     Width: Unavailable


Habitat

Habitat Description: Desert and especially found on rocky, well drained slopes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands
Elevation: 0 - 5000 feet


Flowers

Color: Red, reddish-orange, yellow, or pinkish    Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y   Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Flower about 1 inch long in clusters to 10 inches long at the tips of canes.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Green   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Other   Hairs: N
Description: 1/3 to 3/4 inches long and 1/8 to 1/3 inch wide. Tips are rounded or notched. Appear in bunches above spines.


Fruit

Color:    Type: Capsule   Description: Approximately 1/3 to 2/3 inch long, 3 valved with white seeds.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Gray   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Gray with darker furrows. Spines on stems.
Spines, thorns or prickles: Y

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