What a fun discovery in the desert east of Douglas, Arizona. There is just something about these large spinescent shrubs in the buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae. I love Condalia warnockii and friends who frequent the western deserts of Arizona love Condalia globosa…okay, me too. And now I’m adding Condalia correllii to my favorite spinescent shrub list.
And hey, it was a guess, but yes the specific epithet correlli is named for botanist Donovan Stewart Correll. Oh, and as far as wondering whether Antonio Condal and Jean Pierre Florens knew of one another, (what was that about?) well, only if either one could time travel.
The photos are mine and taken on the day described in this episode. Check out the spines. Ouch!