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Mortonia greggii (Gregg's saddlebush)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Mortonia greggii

Mortonia greggii A. Gray

Gregg's saddlebush, Afinador

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: MOGR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The species name “greggii” was named for Josiah Gregg, (1806-1850). He was born in Overton County, Tennessee. In the summer of 1841 and again in the winter of 1841-42 he traveled through Texas, up the Red River valley, and later from Galveston to Austin and by way of Nacogdoches to Arkansas. He took note of Texas geology, trees, prevalent attitudes, and politics. At the same time, Gregg began compiling his travel notes into a readable manuscript. His “Commerce of the Prairies”, which came out in two volumes in 1844, was an immediate success. In 1848 he joined a botanical expedition to western Mexico and California, during which he corresponded with and sent specimens to the eminent botanist George Engelman in St. Louis. Subsequently, the American Botanical Society added the Latin name “greggii” in his honor to twenty-three species of plants. Gregg died on February 25, 1850, as a result of a fall from his horse.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White

Distribution

USA: TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Mortonia greggii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mortonia greggii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mortonia greggii

Metadata

Record Modified: 2008-07-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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