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Holacantha stewartii

Holacantha stewartii C.H. Mull.

Stewart's Crucifixionthorn, Stewart's Crucifixion-thorn, Stewart Crucifixion Thorn

Simaroubaceae (Quassia Family)

Synonym(s): Castela stewartii

USDA Symbol: HOST2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Leaf: Very short-lived, rarely seen.
Fruit: Red, green or tan, often persisting on plant for one to two years.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Greenish white.


Native Distribution: Known only from a few counties in Big Bend.
Native Habitat: Plains, dry washes, gravelly areas.

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


Record Modified: 2020-09-22
Research By: CBR

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