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2. Ibervillea tenuisecta (A. Gray) Small, Fl. S.E. U.S. 1136. 1903.

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Sicydium lindheimeri (A. Gray) Greene var. tenuisectum A. Gray, Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 3(5): 75. 1852; Ibervillea lindheimeri (A. Gray) Greene var. tenuisecta (A. Gray) M. C. Johnston

Stems to 1 m, glaucous. Leaves: petiole 1–2 cm; blade deeply pedately 3-lobed, 2–6 cm wide, slightly succulent, lobes narrowly oblong to linear, 2–5 mm wide, surfaces glabrous. Inflorescences: staminate flowers 4–7(–20) in racemes 0.5–1.5 cm. Petals 3–4 mm. Fruits bright red, globose, 1–1.5 cm. Seeds (2–)5–9(–12), 5–6 mm.

Flowering Jun–Sep. Rocky hills, draws, arroyos, flats, creosote-blackbrush, Chihuahuan desert scrub, commonly with Acacia, Chilopsis, Fallugia, Flourensia, Larrea, Opuntia, Parthenium, and Prosopis, mesquite-oak woodlands; (300–)900–1600 m; Ariz., N.Mex., Tex.; Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas).


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