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Crown Of Thorns
Koeberlinia spinosa
  
About Crown Of Thorns (Koeberlinia spinosa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Koeberlinia spinosa is a species of flowering plant native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico known by several common names, including Crown of Thorns, Allthorn, and Crucifixion Thorn. It is the sole species of the monotypic genus Koeberlinia, which is sometimes considered to be the only genus in the plant family Koeberliniaceae. Alternately it is treated as a member of the caper family. This is a shrub of moderate to large size, sprawling to maximum heights over 4 meter (13 feet). It is entirely green while growing and is made up of tangling straight stems which branch many times. The tip of each rigid stem branch tapers into a long, sharp spine. Leaves are mainly rudimentary, taking the form of tiny deciduous scales. Most of the photosynthesis occurs in the green stem branches. The shrub blooms abundantly in white to greenish-white flowers. The fruits are shiny black berries each a few millimeters long; they are attractive to birds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 - 16 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Green, Black

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.2" - 15.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.86" - 1.48", Coldest Month: 48.1" - 60.7", Hottest Month: 76.5" - 86.2", Humidity: 3.98" - 37.36", Elevation: 662" - 2824"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Allthorn, Crucifixion Thorn


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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