Mexican Crucillo is a member of the
Buckthorn Family. It
takes the form of a woody shrub and
height. It has
dark green, spatula-shaped leaves which grow on alternate sides of the
stem to 3/16 inches in length.
plant grows in sandy or gravelly areas on slopes and on mesas at elevations between
Mexican Crucillo gets its common
name from the fact that it has thorn tipped branches.
Mexican Crucillo blooms in the spring and produces
tiny flowers with no petals which grow alone or in clusters. Flowers
are followed by a round, dark red berry to 0.25 inches in diameter.