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Bernardia obovata (Desert myrtlecroton)
Anderson, Wynn

Bernardia obovata

Bernardia obovata I.M. Johnst.

Desert Myrtlecroton

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous.



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Heat Tolerant: yes

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


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

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