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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Plants
Colubrina californica (California snake bush, snakewood)



Habitat: rocky slopes, washes
Life Form: shrub,tall
Leaf Description: alternate simple
Flower Color: greenish or green
Flowering Period: June to Aug.
Spines: spineless
Family: Rhamnaceae (buckthorn family)
Abundance: locally common
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2015. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona Part 19. Eudicots: Polygalaceae to Simmondsiaceae. Phytoneuron 2016-47: 1-71. Published 23 June 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 42 (13.7 MB pdf)

Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Colubrina californica (opens in a new tab).






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