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Glossopetalon  spinescens var. planitierum (Plains greasebush)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Glossopetalon spinescens var. planitierum

Glossopetalon spinescens A. Gray var. planitierum (Ensign) Yatsk.

Plains Greasebush

Crossosomataceae (Crossosoma Family)

Synonym(s): Forsellesia planitierum, Glossopetalon planitierum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Glossopetalon is from a Greek phrase meaning "tongue-petal", referring to the shape of the petals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Oblanceolate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Much branched to 45 inches tall.
Flower: Flower 1 inch. Sepals 5
Fruit: Reddish-yellow 0.2 inches long

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar


USA: CO , NM , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Chaparral & brush country, rocky slopes, canyons and cliffs.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type


Use Ornamental: Attractive, Perennial garden, Mass planting, Low growing
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Glossopetalon spinescens var. planitierum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Glossopetalon spinescens var. planitierum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Glossopetalon spinescens var. planitierum


Record Modified: 2010-10-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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