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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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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: CA, AZ, Mex. (Latin: 4 seeds, from 4-lobed ovary in Tetracoccus dioicus) [Dressler 1954 Rhodora 56:45–61]
1. Pistillate pedicel 0.5–1(3) mm; ovary generally 3-lobed, generally 3-chambered; styles generally 3; filaments glabrous; leaves generally alternate — se DMoj, DSon ..... 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. Lf blade linear to narrow-oblanceolate, entire or sparsely fine-toothed; s SCo (San Diego Co.), w PR ..... T. dioicus
2' Lf blade lanceolate to ovate or wide-elliptic, sharp-toothed; n DMtns (Grapevine Mtns, Panamint Range) ..... T. ilicifolius
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