Flora 15(2, Beibl.): 73. 1832.
Plants unscented. Leaves evanescent. Flowers: sepals each often subtending a nectary; filaments thickened in middle; anthers ellipsoid; gynophore slender, elongating in fruit; style straight; stigma minute. Berries globose, ± fleshy. Seeds cochleate-reniform or orbicular to reniform, slightly rugulose.
sw United States, n Mexico, South America (Bolivia).
Species 2 (1 in the flora).
Koeberlinia holacantha W. C. Holmes, K. L. Yip & Rushing is known only from Departamento Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The Seri tribe of coastal Sonora, Mexico, traditionally fumigate their huts with the black, oily smoke from burning wood of Koeberlinia (R. S. Felger and M. B. Moser 1985).