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is a genus of shrubs in the buckthorn family
Rhamnaceae, the Buckthorn family, is a large family of flowering plants, mostly trees, shrubs and some vines.The family contains 50-60 genera and approximately 870-900 species. The Rhamnaceae have a worldwide distribution, but are more common in the subtropical and tropical regions...
containing only two species. These are rigid, thorny, flowering bushes. Adolphia californica
Adolphia californica is a species of flowering shrub in the buckthorn family known by the common names California prickbush and spineshrub. It is native to Baja California and California no farther north than San Diego County. It is a resident of the local chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant...
, the California prickbush or California spineshrub, is native to southern California and northern Mexico. Adolphia infesta
, the junco, is found in Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico. This genus is named for the French botanist Adolphe-Théodore Brongniart.