Crucifixion Thorn, Canotia holocantha
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Family: Celastraceae, Bittersweet Family
Blooms in Summer
Habitat Preferred: Dry slopes & mesas
Photo taken at: Clarkdale 8/99
Bloom Color: Yellow, followed by green, then brown pods with a "crown" at the top.
Other Common Names: Crown-of-Thorns
Comments: A very common Verde Valley dry-site plant - leaves are insignificant and short-lived. The stems and bark do most of the photosynthetic duty.
Further Reference & Sources: "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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