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3. Tetracoccus hallii Brandegee, Zoë. 5: 229. 1906.

Hall’s four-pod spurge Hall’s four-pod spurge

Tetracoccus fasciculatus (S. Watson) Croizat var. hallii (Brandegee) Dressler

Shrubs to 2 m. Leaves alternate and clustered on short shoots; blade obovate to oblanceolate, 2–12 × 1–4 mm, base cuneate, margins entire, apex obtuse. Inflorescences: staminate flowers in fascicles of 2–20 on short shoots; pistillate flowers solitary or in fascicles of 2–6 on short shoots. Pedicels: staminate present; pistillate 1–3 mm, strigose. Staminate flowers: sepals 4–8; stamens 4–8, filaments glabrous. Pistillate flowers: sepals 5, in 1 series, greenish with red margins, 2–3 mm, sparsely strigose on both surfaces; pistil usually 3-carpellate, 1.5–2 mm, strigose. Seeds 1(–2) per locule, brown, ovoid to pyriform, 3–4 mm, both radial surfaces usually rounded, wrinkled near hilum; caruncle absent.

Flowering Mar–May and sporadically year-round. Desert slopes and dry washes on igneous substrates; 30–1200 m; Ariz., Calif., Nev.; Mexico (Baja California).

Tetracoccus hallii is very similar to the wholly Mexican calciphile T. fasciculatus.


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