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Castela erecta (Goatbush)
Leander, Bruce

Castela erecta

Castela erecta Turp.


Simaroubaceae (Quassia Family)


USDA Symbol: CAER3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


From the Image Gallery

1 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Orange
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Red to orange to pinkish.



From the National Organizations Directory

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

National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1271 Collected 2009-05-18 in Starr County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-17
Research By: DEW

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