Calflora
Taxon  Report   5409    
Menodora scabra  A. Gray
Rough desert olive,  Rough menodora
Menodora scabra
© 2005 James M. Andre
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Menodora scabra
© 2010 Lee Dittmann
Menodora scabra
© 2010 Aaron Schusteff
Menodora scabra, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Menodora scabra
© 2004 James M. Andre
Family: OLEACEAE  
Genus: Menodora
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Menodora scabra var. laevis
PLANTS: Menodora scabra var. longituba
PLANTS: Menodora scabra var. ramosissima
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More information about  Menodora scabra
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (MESC)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 18, 2018).