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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 4 | Chenopodiaceae | Grayia

1. Grayia spinosa (Hooker) Moquin-Tandon in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle., Prodr. 13(2): 119. 1849.

Chenopodium spinosum Hooker, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 127. 1838; Atriplex grayi Collotzi ex W. A. Weber

Plants dioecious (rarely monoecious). Stems 3-10(-15) dm, becoming reddish brown with whitish ribs exfoliating in strips, older bark dark gray. Leaves of main stems 1-2.5(-4.2) cm × 1.5-6(-10) mm; blade green, apex often whitish. Staminate flowers: perianth segments ± enclosing stamens, 1.5-2 mm; filaments shorter than anthers. Pistillate flowers: stigma protruding through opening in covering formed by accrescent bracts. Fruiting bracts wholly connate, sessile, orbicular to broadly elliptic, 7.5-14 × 6-12 mm, base often abruptly cuneate and stipelike, margins entire, apex retuse, glabrous; wing somewhat thickened near margin, yellowish green, whitish, or pink to red-tinged, smooth, glabrous. Utricles brown, 1.5-2 mm. 2n = 36.

Flowering spring-summer. Valleys, foothills, dry, alkaline or scarcely alkaline soils, sagebrush, shadscale, and creosote bush communities; 500-2400 m; Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.

Grayia spinosa is rarely a codominant. Its fruits are still present through July.


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