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Grady L. Webster

Plant generally 0.5–2 m; sap clear. Stem: axis erect; branches generally many, spreading to erect; twigs generally ± red, turning gray, generally hairy, glabrous in age; young lateral twigs short, sometimes becoming spine-like. Leaf: cauline, generally clustered at short, lateral branch tips; petiole < 2 mm; blade leathery, base obtuse to acute. Staminate inflorescence: cyme, raceme, or panicle, occasionally clustered on short, lateral twigs, minute-bracted. Pistillate inflorescence: flower 1. Staminate flower: sepals 0.5–2 mm; filaments glabrous or hairy; nectary disk ± minute-lobed. Pistillate flower: sepals 2–5 mm; nectary disk minute-lobed; ovary (2)3–5-chambered, style = chamber in number, free, ± flat, generally spreading. Fruit: ± spheric, generally lobed, glabrous or short-hairy, generally brown. Seed: smooth, shiny.
5 species: California, Arizona, Mexico. (Latin: 4 seeds, from 4-lobed ovary in Tetracoccus dioicus) [Dressler 1954 Rhodora 56:45–61]

Key to Tetracoccus

1. Pistillate pedicel 0.5–1(3) mm; ovary generally 3-lobed, generally 3-chambered; styles generally 3; filaments glabrous; leaves generally alternate — se Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert ..... T. hallii

1' Pistillate pedicel 6–15 mm; ovary generally 4-lobed, 4-(5-)chambered; styles generally 4; filaments soft-hairy at base; leaves opposite or whorled in 3s

2. Leaf blade linear to narrow-oblanceolate, entire or sparsely fine-toothed; s South Coast (San Diego Co.), w Peninsular Ranges ..... T. dioicus

2' Leaf blade lanceolate to ovate or wide-elliptic, sharp-toothed; n Desert Mountains (Grapevine Mtns, Panamint Range) ..... T. ilicifolius


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