Thamnosma montana Torr. & Frém.
Desert Rue, Turpentinebroom
Rutaceae (Rue Family)
USDA Symbol: THMO
Often leafless, densely branched, yellowish-green shrub; branches are pungent and dotted with glands.
Desert Rue belongs to the family Rutaceae, which includes lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. The fruit is a miniature of these citrus fruits and may smell overpowering at times.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. Nevada, extreme sw. Utah, se. California, scattered parts of western half of Arizona.
Native Habitat: Slopes and mesas, usually rocky or gravelly areas; below 4500’ (1370 m).
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Thamnosma montana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Thamnosma montana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Thamnosma montana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff