Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Simmondsiaceae or Jojoba Family

Simmondsiaceae or the jojoba family is a family disputed by differing taxonomic authorities. For some, the family is a single species, Simmondsia chinensis, Jojoba which was previously included in the family Buxaceae.

In North America, reports that Simmondsiaceae has 1 genus and 1 species, Simmondsia chinessis. The Plant List shows 2 accepted species names.

Jojoba is a spanish name and this species is also called Coffee Berry, Deer Nut, Goat Nut, Gray Box Bush, Pignut, Quinine Nut and Wild Hazel.

Jojoba is an economically important plant grown commercially in the southwest where chemicals are extracted from its seeds and made into a liquid wax.

  • Simmondsia chinensis, Jojoba
  • Date Family Profile Completed: 08/29/2016
    U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database.[and all genera cited above - (accessed 08/29/2016).
    The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 08/29/2016).
    Wikipedia contributors, 'Jojoba', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 August 2016, 07:35 UTC, [accessed 29 August 2016]