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Glossopetalon pungens

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Family: CrossosomataceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: 4 genera, 9 species: western United States, Mexico.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & James R. Shevock
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: GlossopetalonView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: 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.
Species In Genus: +- 5 species: western United States, northern Mexico, especially limestone in desert mountains. Etymology: (Greek: tongue petal, from petal shape)
Unabridged Note: Formerly treated as Forsellesia, in Celastraceae.

Glossopetalon pungens Brandegee
Habit: 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.
Ecology: Limestone cliffs; Elevation: 1700--2075 m. Bioregional Distribution: e DMtns (Clark Mtn Range); Distribution Outside California: southern Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Forsellesia pungens (Brandegee) A. Heller; Forsellesia pungens var. glabra Ensign
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & James R. Shevock
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & James R. Shevock 2017. Glossopetalon pungens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 18, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 18, 2017.

Glossopetalon pungens
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Glossopetalon pungens
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Glossopetalon pungens
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Glossopetalon pungens
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© 2010 James M. Andre

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Geographic subdivisions for Glossopetalon pungens:
e DMtns (Clark Mtn Range);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa.
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