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Mortonia scabrella (Rio grande saddlebush)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Mortonia scabrella

Mortonia scabrella A. Gray

Rio Grande Saddlebush

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Synonym(s): Mortonia sempervirens ssp. scabrella

USDA Symbol: MOSC

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Oval , Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Scabrous
Leaf Apex: Acute
Size Notes: 2.5 m
Flower: Creamy-white petals about 2mm. long. (bibref 293).
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

USA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico.

Bibliography

Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-10-11
Research By: WMWW

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