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Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)
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Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)

General: Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) is an upright, spiny shrub 3-5 feet tall and has fleshy, upright leaves. The staminate flowers look like little pine cones, and pistillate flower is cup-like and held in a broad leafy disk.

Greasewood is a common component of shrub communities to the north of Las Vegas in the Great Basin, but sometimes can be found closer to home.

 

Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae).

Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)

Plant Form: Upright, shrub.

Height: To about 5 feet.

Bark: Yellow-green to gray.

Stems: Upright, spreading.

Leaves: Fleshy, held upright.

Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)
Fleshy leaves held upright

Flowers: Staminate flowers look like little pine cones, and pistillate flower is cup-like and held in a broad leafy disk.

Seeds:

Habitat: Areas with alkaline soils.

Elevation: To about 7,000 ft

Distribution: Western North America from California to Texas, and from the arctic to Mexico.

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Staminate flower
Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)
Pistillate flower with wings

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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