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Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)

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Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Description: may grow up to 8 ft tall, but generally reaches heights of no more than 4 ft in this area. Plant has overall scraggly, densely-branched, spiny appearance. Fleshy, narrow leaves have a nearly circular cross-section and may be salty to taste.

Range: occurs throughout the western United States from California to Kansas. At Colorado National Monument, it grows best in salty soils.

Did you know: like the four-wing saltbush, greasewood thrives in soils with high salt concentrations. To survive in such soils, this plant has developed a deeply penetrating root system that can reach up to 57 feet! This allows greasewood to access water far below the parched ground surface.

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