Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts20: 293. 1885
Common names: Snake-eyes
Etymology: Greek phaulos, paltry, uncomely, ill to handle, and thamnos, shrub
Found in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 13. Mentioned on page 4, 12.
Shrubs, diffusely branched; branches spreading, spinescent. Bark grayish, smooth, glabrous. Leaves deciduous [persistent], alternate or clustered at nodes; blade spatulate to oblanceolate, apex rounded to somewhat retuse and mucronate, narrowed into petiole or sessile. Inflorescences racemose or flowers solitary; bracteate. Flowers 1–12; tepals persistent, suborbicular to obovate, concave, margins scarious. Staminate flowers: stamens 12–14; filaments ± 1.5 mm; anthers ± 1.8 mm. Pistillate flowers: stigmas ± 2 mm, papillose. Berries transparent, globose, slightly compressed, thin-coriaceous, juicy.
Tex., n Mexico.