coyotillo


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coy·o·til·lo

 (koi′ə-tĭl′ō, -tē′yō, kī′ə-)
n. pl. coy·o·til·los
A poisonous shrub (Karwinskia humboldtiana) native to Texas and Mexico, having small greenish flowers and black fruits.

[American Spanish, diminutive of coyote, coyote; see coyote.]

coyotillo

(ˌkəʊjəʊˈtiːljəʊ)
n, pl -los
(Plants) a thorny poisonous rhamnaceous shrub, Karwinskia humboldtiana of Mexico and the southwestern US, the berries of which cause paralysis
[Mexican Spanish, literally: a little coyote]
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sangre de drago arbusto Karwinskia humboldtiana coyotillo arbusto (Schult.) Zucc.
The area was a steep, limestone slope with sparse vegetation dominated by threeawn grasses (Aristida) and xeric-adapted shrubs, such as coyotillo (Karwinskia humboldtiana) and guajillo (Acacia berlandieri).
The vegetation is dominated mainly by creosote bush scrub (Larrea tridentate) along with other plant species such as: anacahuite (Cordia boisieri), black brush (Acacia rigidula), ocotillo (Fouqueria splendens), coyotillo (Karwinskia humoldtiana), bear-rass (Yucca sp.), lechugilla (Agave lecheguilla), leather stem (Jatropha dioica), Opuntia microdesys, tree cholla (Opuntia imbricata), desert christmas cactus (Opuntia leptocaulis), candelilla (Euphorbia antisiphylitica), hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus sp.) and other cactus (Opuntia spp.).
Parts of the nopal coyotillo cactus, for example, become violet during especially dry periods, but the silencios see this as a supernatural wonder.
Many of the bladderpods in July 1997 and June 2001 (29% and 36%, respectively) were found on the same plot which had blackbrush, wolfberry (Lycium berlandieri), and coyotillo (Karwinskia humboltiana) as canopy species.
Other species of plants present are: anacahuite (Cordia boisieri), black brush (Acacia rigidula), ocotillo (Fouqueria splendens), coyotillo (Karwinskia humoldtiana), beargrass (Yucca sp.), lechugilla (Agave lecheguilla), leather stem (Jatropha dioica), tree cholla (Opuntia imbricata), desert christmas cactus (Opuntia leptocaulis), candelilla (Euphorbia antisiphylitica), hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus sp.) and several species of cactus (Opuntia microdesys and Opuntia sp.).
Texas huisache, tepeguage, lotebush, anacahuita, brasil (Condalia hookeri), retama (Parkinsonia aculeata), and coyotillo (Karwinskia humboldtiana) were among the first to produce new leaves.
The dominant understory species were honey mesquite, granjeno (Celtis pallida), brasil (Condalia hookeri), mist flower (Eupatorium odoratum), huisache, coma (Bumelia celastrina), ivy treebine (Cissus incisa), snakeeyes (Phaulothamnus spinescens), coyotillo (Karwinskia humboldtiana), and guayacan (Guaiacum angustifolium).