Sarcobatus vermiculatus (Hook.) Torr.
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Synonym(s): Sarcobatus vermiculatus var. baileyi
USDA Symbol: SAVE4
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: 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
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
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Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sarcobatus vermiculatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sarcobatus vermiculatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff