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Sonoran Desert Plants
Castela emoryi (Crucifixion-thorn,corona de cristo)

Coffee Pot Mountain


 Castela emoryi

 Castela emoryi

 Castela emoryi

 Castela emoryi

 Castela emoryi

 Castela emoryi

Habitat: valleys
Life Form: tree
Leaf Description: usually leafless
Flower Color: greenish or green yellow
Flowering Period: Jun. To Jul.
Spines: thorns
Family: Simaroubaceae (quassia 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 64 (13.7 MB pdf)

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






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