: a small genus of branching spiny shrubs (family Chenopodiaceae) that are found on alkali plains and deserts of the western U.S. and have monoecious flowers of which the staminate are borne in aments while the pistillate are solitary and winged fruits containing a single seed see greasewood sense 1

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New Latin, from sarc- + Greek batos prickly bush

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“Sarcobatus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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