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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 2016. Glossopetalon pungens, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 02, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 02, 2016.

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);
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