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Menodora scabra (Rough menodora)
Anderson, Wynn

Menodora scabra

Menodora scabra A. Gray

Rough Menodora

Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Synonym(s): Menodora scabra var. glabrescens, Menodora scabra var. laevis, Menodora scabra var. longituba, Menodora scabra var. ramosissima, Menodora scoparia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Numerous erect, rough, leafy stems with pale yellow flowers in loose clusters.

Menodora is a small but widespread genus with species in southern North America, southern South America, and southern Africa.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southeastern California and southern Utah east to western Texas and south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Grassy slopes and brushy deserts.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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