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Randia rhagocarpa


Crucillo is an uncommon inhabitant of the open brushlands and thickets in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo counties of the Southern Rio Grande Plains, also ranging south into Mexico. Its branches are its most conspicuous characteristic. They form a stiff, thorny shrub bearing numerous pairs of spines scattered along the stems. The twigs are lined with white, incurved hairs and the leaves have the texture of old parchment with short hairs on each side.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: pale green

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: black drupe

Height: 3 to 4 feet

Width: 3 feet

Plant Character:

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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