Erythea 3: 75. 1895.
Stems to 3 m, not glaucous. Leaves: petiole 1–3.5 cm; blade usually deeply palmately 5-lobed or pedately 3-lobed, rarely ± unlobed, 6–12 cm wide, often slightly succulent, lobes cuneate to flabellate or rhombic-ovate, 10–25 mm wide, surfaces glabrous or sparsely scabridulous. Inflorescences: staminate flowers usually 4–12 (–24) in racemes or terminal corymboid clusters 1–3 cm, rarely solitary. Petals 5–7 mm. Fruits dark orange to red, globose to ellipsoid, 2–3.5 cm. Seeds 6–14 (–18), 4–6 mm. 2n = 22, 24.
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jul.
Habitat: Thickets, dry woodlands, fencerows, dunes and mudflats, prairies, mesquite, thorn shrublands, hackberry woodlands, scrub oak, oak-juniper, juniper, and oak-hickory woodlands
Elevation: 0–400(–900) m
N.Mex., Okla., Tex., Mexico (Coahuila), Mexico (San Luis Potosí)