Fouquieria shrevei

Fouquieria shrevei is a plant species native to the States of Coahuila and Durango, Mexico. It can be found in the Cuatro Ciénegas basin in Coahuila, approximately 50 km west of Monclova, at an elevation of about 740 m (2467 feet). There are several natural springs in the region, allowing an estimated 150 species of endemic plants and animals to survive in this desert oasis. The species has also been reported from other sites in the same state plus one locale in the neighboring State of Durango.[1][2]

Fouquieria shrevei is a shrub up to 3 m (10 feet) tall, branching repeatedly near the base but hardly at all above. Leaves are ovate to oblanceolate, up to 3 cm (1.2 inches) long and 2.5 cm (1.0 inches) wide, with scarious (thin, dry and brown) margins. Flowers white, born in short racemes in the axils of the leaves. The board leaves plus the axillary racemes of white flowers make this a distinctive and unusual member of the genus.[3]


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