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Nopal Prickly Pear
Mexican Caesalpinia
Desert Yaupon
Low Croton
Torrey's Croton
Texas Baby-Bonnets
Texas Kidneywood
Coral Bean
Yellow Sophora
Brush - Holly
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Black Brush
Sierra Madre Torchwood
White Brush
Tamaulipan Fiddlewood
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Desert Lantana
Manzanita, Acerola,  "Barbados Cherry" 
Malpighia glabra, Malpighiaceae, Malpighia Family 

Description: A ground cover (especially if mowed), shrub, hedge, or tree with dark-green leaves, pink flowers, and red fruit 
Height: To 20 ft, usually 4 to 6 ft. 
Flowers: Pink, attractive, uniquely shaped, bilateral, short, axillary clusters (cymes); March-October
Fruit: Red, fleshy, 3-seeded, edible 
Foliage: Evergreen, simple, opposite, oval, dark-green, smooth edges, sessile 
Spines: Unarmed 
Bark: Smooth grayish brown with white pin-head sized spots 
Growth Rate: Medium 

Sun: Shade to full sun 
Soil: Various 
Drainage: Medium to well 
Water: Low to medium, drought tolerant 
Maintenance: susceptible to nematodes 
Propagation: Seed, from cuttings, layering, grafting to nematode-resistant rootstock 

Native Habitat: Riparian woodlands, thornforest, chaparrals, palm groves 

Wildlife Use
Fruit - Coyotes, Raccoons, birds 
Leaves - White-tailed Deer, caterpillars of Cassius Blue, Brown-banded Skipper, and White Patch 

Comments: Highest known Vitamin C content of any fruit; requires native bees for good fruit set 




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