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|Family: Chenopodiaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Grayia||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Grayia spinosa (Hook.) Moq.
Habit: Shrub rounded; scaly-puberulent, hairs branched, glabrous in age; generally dioecious. Stem: generally 3--10(15) dm, branches many, stiff; bark red-brown, +- white-ribbed, peeling in strips, older bark gray; twigs spine-like in age. Leaf: alternate, 5--25(40) mm, generally spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, flat, entire, tapered to short-petioled, blade green, tip generally +- white. Staminate Inflorescence: spike-like, terminal, 7--18 mm; bract +- leaf-like; flowers 2--5 per cluster. Pistillate Inflorescence: +- spike-like, axillary or terminal, 6--18 cm in fruit; flowers 1--few per cluster; bracts 3--10 mm, +- leaf-like; fruit bracts 2, 7--15 mm, fused, together sac-like, +- round, flat, winged, white to red-tinged, margins entire. Staminate Flower: calyx lobes 4, 1.5--2 mm, enclosing stamens; stamens 4--5. Pistillate Flower: stigmas 2, exserted. Fruit: generally 1.5--2 mm, brown. Chromosomes: 2n=36.
Ecology: Sandy to gravelly soils in scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 300--2900 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNH (e slope), Teh, se SnJV, WTR (n slope), GB, DMoj, nw DSon; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Montana, New Mexico. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun
Unabridged Synonyms: Chenopodium spinosum Hook.
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax & Dieter H. Wilken
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Grayia
Next taxon: Halogeton
Citation for this treatment: Margriet Wetherwax & Dieter H. Wilken 2017. Grayia spinosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=27306, accessed on March 27, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on March 27, 2017.