Mortonia scabrella

A. Gray
Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 5(6): 28. 1853.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 129. Mentioned on page 128.
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Shrubs to 2.5 m. Leaves: blade broadly elliptic to suborbiculate, 5–6 × 4–5 mm, length 1.2–1.3 times width, rigid, base round, margins not thickened, revolute, apex round to broadly acute, surfaces scabridulous. Inflorescences cymose panicles. Flowers: sepals rounded-deltate, 1 mm; petals obovate-oblong, 2–2.5 mm. Fruits 3.5–4.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring and fall; fruiting summer–fall.
Habitat: Rocky slopes, hillsides, dry plains, ridges, ledges, rimrock.
Elevation: 300–1700 m.


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Ariz., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila).


In the flora area, Mortonia scabrella occurs from trans-Pecos Texas to southeastern Arizona.

Selected References


Lower Taxa


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Jinshuang Ma +  and Geoffrey A. Levin +
A. Gray +
Ariz. +, N.Mex. +, Tex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +  and Coahuila). +
300–1700 m. +
Rocky slopes, hillsides, dry plains, ridges, ledges, rimrock. +
Flowering spring and fall +  and fruiting summer–fall. +
Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. +
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Mortonia scabrella +
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