Latin name: Menodora spinescens A. Gray
  Pronunciation: men-oh-DORE-a spy-NES-ens

  Common name: Spiny menodora
  Family: Oleaceae (Olive)
  Habitat: Dry mesas and slopes, mostly 3500'-
  6500', shadscale scrub and joshua tree woodland,
  eastern and northern Mojave Desert

  Blooming period: April to May
  Click for Latin name derivations:  1) Menodora
  2) spinescens
  Two vars. (mohavensis and spinescens) in SoCal
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