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Robert E. Preston & James R. Shevock

Shrub, small tree. Stem: generally glabrous; branchlets or twigs generally thorny. Leaf: generally deciduous, simple, generally small, generally alternate, entire; stipules minute or 0. Inflorescence: flowers 1. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium short; sepals, petals generally 5(3–6), free; petals generally white, ephemeral; stamens 4–50, on or around disk; pistils 1–9, simple, styles short, stigmas head-like, ovules generally 2–many. Fruit: follicles, 1–9. Seed: brown to black, arilled.
4 genera, 9 species: western United States, Mexico. [Sosa & Chase 2003 Syst Bot 28:96–105] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Thorne & Scogin 1978 Aliso 9:171–178; Sosa & Chase 2003 Syst Bot 28:96–105]

Key to Crossosomataceae

Small shrub, generally densely branched. Stem: angled, ± green, ± thorny at tips or not, hairs 0 to sparse. Leaf: small, generally deciduous, ± entire, ± sessile. Flower: petals narrow-oblanceolate, white. Fruit: ovoid, generally striate, generally beaked. Seed: generally 1–2, generally brown; aril ± inconspicuous, generally ± white.
± 5 species: western United States, northern Mexico, especially limestone in desert mountains. (Greek: tongue petal, from petal shape) [Yatskievych 2007 Novon 17:529–530]
Unabridged references: [Holmgren 1988 Brittonia 40:269–274]
Unabridged note: Formerly treated as Forsellesia, in Celastraceae.

Key to Glossopetalon

Plant 5–20 cm, matted. Stem: not thorny. Leaf: 6–10 mm, narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate; veins prominent abaxially. Flower: sepals acuminate, 2–3 spine-tipped; petals 6–8 mm; stamens 10, longer opposite sepals. Seed: 1, < 1 mm, light brown.
Limestone cliffs; 1700–2075 m. e Desert Mountains (Clark Mtn Range); southern Nevada. May–Jun [Online Interchange] {CNPS list}

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Mar 28 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Glossopetalon, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Mar 28 2015

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