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Grayia spinosa

Grayia spinosa (Hook.) Moq.

Atriplex grayi Collotzi ex W.A. Weber

Atriplex spinosa (Hook.) Collotzi

Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyAmaranthaceaeAmaranth family
GenusGrayiaAfter Asa Gray (1810-1888), one of the most eminent American botanists and professor at Harvard, who played an important part in the identification of many Sierra wildflowers, and whose guides in Yosemite were John Muir and Galen Clark. More than 10,000 letters to Gray have been preserved from hundreds of correspondents including John Torrey, George Engelmann, Charles Darwin and Muir. His life’s goal was to describe all known plants of the United States, a task that no one man could ever achieve, but he dominated American botany like no other, and was honored by the naming of the genus Grayia by Sir William Hooker in Glasgow (ref. genus Grayia)
SpeciesspinosaFrom Latin for “thorny”

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Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 4 × 3½" (10 × 9.2 cm)

Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (14 × 10 cm)

Grayia spinosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 4½ × 4" (12 × 11 cm)

Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Grayia spinosa (Hop Sage, Spiny Hop Sage)

5/3/2018 · Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

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