allthorn Capparaceae Koeberlinia spinosa
Leaf:Alternate, deciduous and present for only short periods after rain in spring, 1/4 inch long, ovate to elliptical, sometimes notched at the tip, entire margins, yellow-green to gray-green.
Flower:Small, 1/4 inch across, 4 light greenish-white petals, in tight, short bunches along twigs, appearing throughout the year but most heavily after rains in the fall.
Fruit:Small, 1/4 inch, shiny black berry in bunches along stems, ripen throughout the year.
Twig:Stiff, green to gray-green, mostly leafless; numerous 1 to 2 inch long side branches each ending in a sharp, dark brown thorn, mostly branches at right angles.
Bark:Initially greenish but becoming dark gray-brown, rough and scaly.
Form:A shrub up to 10 feet tall, densely branched and spiny, occasionally a twisted small tree to 20 feet.