The Tortoise Club

Plant Name:

Desert Willow

Latin Name:

Chiopsis linearis

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Chilopsis is a monotypic genus of flowering plants containing the single species Chilopsis linearis. It is known commonly as desert willow or desert-willow because of its willow-like leaves, but it is not a true willow – being instead a member of the catalpa family. Desert Willow is safe to feed to tortoises.