Scientific Name – Flourensia cernua DC.
Common name(s) – tarbush, blackbrush, varnishbush, hojasé, Yerba del Hule.
Distribution and Habitat – common (endemic) on dry plains to the Chihuahuan Desert, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas at elevation ranging from 400-2000 m. Is associated with Hilaria mutica, Larrea tridentate, Prosopis sp., Scleropogon brevifolius. It is found in limestone or calcareous, deeper soils.
Description – deciduous shrub, erect to procumbent, 30 -200 cm tall, much branched. Twig light brown, gray, slender, resinous, pubescent; trunk gray to dark gray, glabrous, sparingly striate, resinous. Leaves alternate, simple, elliptical or oblong to oval, 1.6-2.5 x 0.6-1.2 cm, acute, margins entire, adaxially green and glabrous, abaxially paller and glabrous or pubescent, veins often black; petioles 1-2.5 mm long, puberulent. Inflorescences small, solitary. Flowers with 3 series bracts; bracts linear; ray flowers absent; disk flower 12-20, yellow, resinous. Flowering in July to December. Fruit achene, 0.5-1 cm long, oblong, compressed, villous; papus of 2-4 unequal bristles, 2.5-3.3 mm long.
Growth rate – slow
Requirements – prefers heavy, deep soils; full sun, light water.
Propagation – by seeds.
Properties and Uses – mature fruit is poisonous to sheep and goats. In Mexic, an infusion of the leaves is drunk frequently to treat various gastrointestinal ailments.
Curiosity – the genus Flourensia, tribe Heliantheae, consist of 32 species of resinous shrubs that grow from southern United States south to Argentina and Chile.
A.Powell – Trees and Shrubs of the Trans-Pecos and adjacent areas- University of Texas Press, 1998
James Stubbendieck, Stephan L. Hatch, L.M. Landholt – North American Wildland Plants – University of Nebraska Press, 2003
Mahendra Rai, Maria Cecilia Carpinella – Naturally Occuring Bioactive Compounds- Elsevier Science, 2006
Trees and shrubs
Hibiscus syriacus - shrub to 3 m high, native of India and China, naturalized in southern Europe. cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks and public gardens, the street alignments or as hedges.
Jasminum nudiflorum Lindl.
Decidua species native to China. Green stems, 60-90 cm high, 1-2 m diameter, edges, form adventitious roots. Brownish-red buds, ovoizi. Decidue leaves, opposite, pinnate-compound, 3 leaflets oblong, Sesi. Flowers solitary, six petals, 1-2 cm in diameter. Flowering period from January to March, before leaf. Baca fruit, fleshy, ripening black.
Quercus cerris L. - Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris - a species native to south-eastern Europe, cultivated as an ornamental tree, singly or in small groups.
Malacothamnus fasciculatus Greene
Evergreen shrub, vigorous, well branched, 1-4.5 m high. The stem and leaves are pubescent, stellate hairs. Leaves alternate, petiolate; language ovat-round, palmate lobate, 0-7 lobes rounded, toothed margins, 2.11 cm. Blossom spike, flowers Sesi.
Wisteria sinensis - Chinese wisteria
Wisteria sinensis - is considered invasive in some places around the globe. In most cases become established in places where it is cultivated ornamental.
Where there is danger of becoming glycineinvasive is better to be replaced with Aristolochia macrophylla, Bignonoa capreolata, Campsis radicand, Lonicera sempervirens, Wisteria frutescens.
Chimonanthus praecox (L.) Link
Chimonanthus praecox - native species of China. Linnaeus described this species as the variety, as the Calycanthus praecox. In 1819 Lindley introduced a new kind Chimonanthus.
Deciduu shrub, 2-5 m high. Leaves opposite, entire, ovat-lanceolata, 7-20 cm long, thin, green, rough upper part, becoming yellow in autumn.
Prenanthes purpurea - rabbit salad
Herbaceous perennial. Stem branched, 25-150 cm, pubescent. Amplexicaule leaves, elliptical, oblong or fidate, margin entire or Pinata-fidata, glauca. Flowers arranged in panicule, ligula flowers are purple, with 5 teeth, tubular flowers absent.
Tilia platyphyllos - Large-leaved Linden
Tilia platyphyllos - thermophilic species, grows only in plain and low hills, Europe and western Asia.
Large-leaved Linden, used as decorative trees in parks, and street alignments.