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Bernardia myricifolia (Mouse's eye)
Lytle, Melody

Bernardia myricifolia

Bernardia myricifolia (Scheele) S. Watson

Mouse's Eye, Mouse Ears

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Synonym(s): Bernardia incana, Tyria myricifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A thickly branched shrub with gray bark and numerous spurs bearing small leaves. Found on rocky slopes of canyons and hills. Leaves more or less elliptic, dark green on the upper surface and grayish green on the lower, with rolled down, toothed margins. Blades in full sun generally less than 5/8 inch long, gray and densely hairy on the lower surface, and appearing to be twisted or distorted; blades in the shade up to 2 inches long, flat and light green on the lower surface. Flowers inconspicuous. Fruit a 3 lobed spherical capsule about 3/5 inch in diameter.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous.



From the National Organizations Directory

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

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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