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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Ziziphus obtusifolia (Hook. ex Torr. & Gray) Gray
Lote-bush condalia, Lotebush
USDA Symbol: ZIOB
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Densely branched shrub with small leaves and stiff branchlets ending in spines. Frequent in unshaded places with very shallow soil over limestone. Bark with light gray coating interrupted by fine, lengthwise cracks resulting from radial growth. Leaves in clusters or alternate, up to 1 1/4 inches long, but mostly about half this length, variable in shape and with serrate or smooth margins. Flowers inconspicuous, in small clusters. Fruit fleshy, black, about 3/3 inch in diameter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AZ , CA , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT Native Habitat:
Stream, river banks, Chaparral & brush country USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0418
Collected May 31, 1993 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
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Record Modified: 2007-09-06
Research By: TWC Staff