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Thorny shrub; rhizome short,
  branched; roots slender,
  or thickened to form fusiform tubers; stems woody,
  intricately branched; branches angular; cladodes 0.3-2 x 0.15-0.2 cm,
  usually solitary,
  less often in groups of 2-3,
  linear,
  robust,
  rigid,
  spinescent at tip; leaves 3-8 x 2 mm,
  reduced to membranous,
  persistent,
  acuminate scales; flowers unisexual,
  l-2(-6),
  in clusters at the base of cladodes; bracteoles 2-3,
  1.5-2 mm,
  suborbicular,
  membranous; pedicels 1-3 mm,
  angular,
  jointed just below the middle; perianth greenish-white,
  campanulate; male flowers with 6 subequal oblong segments 2-2.5 mm; stamens 6; female flowers similar to male but smaller; berry 5-7 mm,
  subglobose,
  bluish-black; seeds 2-3,
  3-3.5 mm diam.,
  punctulate,
  black.

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