Brittonia 14: 357. 1962.
Shrubs, 1–3 m; primary branches occasionally thorn-tipped, secondary branches thorn-tipped, with short shoots, densely hispidulous; internodes 1–5(–7) mm. Leaves: petiole 1–3 mm; blade elliptic-obovate to elliptic, 7–11(–21) × 4–6(–10) mm, subcoriaceous, margins entire, not revolute, apex on a single plant acute to rounded and emarginate, surfaces glabrous; venation closely reticulate, inconspicuous abaxially. Inflorescences on season's twigs, 1–4-flowered. Pedicels 0.4–1 mm. Flowers: petals 0. Drupes globose, 8 mm; stones 2-seeded.
Phenology: Flowering Mar–May.
Habitat: Dry slopes, drainages, canyons.
Elevation: 1000–1500 m.
Ariz., N.Mex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora).