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Amyris texana (Texas torchwood)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Amyris texana

Amyris texana (Buckley) P. Wilson

Texas Torchwood, Chapotillo

Rutaceae (Rue Family)


USDA Symbol: AMTE4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Flower: Flowers in 2 inch clusters
Fruit: Black, Blue

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Habitat: Chaparral & brush country

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Winter-hardy, Fruits ornamental
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Fruit-birds, Browse
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Softwood Cuttings

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum

Additional resources

USDA: Find Amyris texana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Amyris texana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amyris texana


Record Modified: 2022-11-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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