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Sarcobatus baileyi

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Family: SarcobataceaeView Description 

Habit: Shrub, erect; generally monoecious. Stem: branches many, 90° to main stem, thorny, generally interlocking, generally thorn-tipped. Leaf: many, simple, cauline, generally alternate, deciduous, sessile, +- linear, flattened to subcylindric, fleshy; stipules 0. Inflorescence: staminate spikes cylindric, dense, erect, terminal; pistillate flowers 1--4, axillary; bracts leaf-like. Staminate Flower: perianth 0, stamens 1--4, sessile on spike axis, concealed by peltate, angular, persistent, spirally arranged bracts. Pistillate Flower: carpels 2, fused, stigmas 2, ovary 1/2 inferior; perianth cup-like, fused to ovary, persistent, forming wing in fruit. Fruit: achene, tapering above encircling, irregularly-edged wing; +- glabrous. Seed: coat thin; embryo coiled, green.
Genera In Family: 1 genus, 2 species: to western Canada, Great Plains, northern Mexico. Note: Formerly treated in Chenopodiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Matthew H. Hils
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: SarcobatusView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Etymology: (Greek: fleshy bramble)

Sarcobatus baileyi Coville
Habit: Plant 5--10 dm, generally +- spheric. Stem: light gray. Chromosomes: n=54.
Ecology: Alkaline soils, dry lakes, washes, scrub, roadsides; Elevation: generally > 1200 m. Bioregional Distribution: e SNE (Fish Lake Valley, Mono Co.), DMtns (Coso Range); Distribution Outside California: Nevada. Flowering Time: Apr--Jul
Synonyms: Sarcobatus vermiculatus (Hook.) Torr. var. baileyi (Coville) Jeps.
eFlora Treatment Author: Matthew H. Hils
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Citation for this treatment: Matthew H. Hils 2017. Sarcobatus baileyi, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 25, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 25, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Sarcobatus baileyi:
e SNE (Fish Lake Valley, Mono Co.), DMtns (Coso 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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