Desert Myrtlecroton

Bernardia obovata

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)


Desert Myrtlecroton is an irregularly shaped shrub in the Spurge Family that can only grow to 3 feet tall. The young branches are green to brown and hairy but soon mature to be hairless and gray or brown.

Its leaves are simple, alternate, and widest above the middle so that the top of the leaf is obtuse. The edges have a few teeth. On the tops of the leaves there are hairs towards the base and veins are barely visible; on the bottom the veins are readily apparent.

Desert Myrtlecroton's flowers are inconspicuous, solitary, and have little between them and the branches. The fruit is a solitary or 2 lobed capsule with inconspicuous hairs.


Desert Myrtlecroton is found in rocky or limestone soils of the Trans Pecos Region.