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Sarcobatus vermiculatus (Hook.) Torr.
USDA Symbol: SAVE4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A deciduous, much-branched shrub, 2-8 ft. tall, with spiny, rigid stems. Older branches are gray; the younger are yellowish-white. Leaves are narrow and fleshy. Catkin-like staminate flowers and axillary pistillate flowers are inconspicuous. A winged fruit follows. Perennial shrub, numerous yellowish-white to grayish, rigid branches that are very spiny.
Greasewood often occurs in pure stands on alkaline flats around playas. Its leaves accumulate sodium salts, giving them a salty taste. The Hopi Indians used it for fuel. A seond species, S. baileyi, from Nevada, is recognized by some authors.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
E. WA to s.e. CA, e. to Sask., w. Dakotas, n.w. NE & w. TX Native Habitat:
Salt desert shrub
communities of valley bottoms & benches USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Saline clay to medium-textured, alkaline soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff