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Pholisma arenarium
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Subfamily: Lennooideae
Genus: Pholisma
Nutt. ex Hook.

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The genus Pholisma (Nutt. ex Hook.) consists of three to five species of desert-dwelling, primarily subterranean plants.

Most notable of the genus is Pholisma sonorae, native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. The species is without chlorophyll and lives as a parasite on the roots of a number of desert species. Pholisma belongs to the family Boraginaceae. Other species include Pholisma arenarium, the "desert Christmas tree".


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