Graythorn, Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens

Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens


Leaves & Stems

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Family: Rhamnaceae, Buckthorn Family
Plant Size: Generally less than 10' (3 m) in our area.
Blooms in: Summer
Habitat Preferred: Edge Riparian, Desert, Grassland
Photo(s) taken at: Tavasci Marsh, 8/99
Bloom Color: Tiny, Whitish-Green
Other Common Names:
Origin: Native
Comments: This is a very important plant to the local birds - many like to build their nests in the protective thorns, quail and doves eat the fruits. The roots can be used for soap.
Further Reference & Sources: "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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