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Parry's Tetracoccus
Tetracoccus dioicus
About Parry's Tetracoccus (Tetracoccus dioicus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Tetracoccus dioicus is a species of flowering shrub native to the chaparral plant community of southern California and Baja California known by the common names red shrubby-spurge and Parry's tetracoccus. This is an erect shrub reaching about 2 meters in height, with gray-barked branches that are bright red when young. The stiff, leathery, yellowish-green leaves are opposite or clustered, often in threes, and they may be rolled lengthwise. The shrub bears staminate and pistillate flowers with red-yellow structures and distinctive four-lobed fruits which ripen to a bright red color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1.6 - 6.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 10.5" - 27.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.26" - 1.34", Coldest Month: 42.2" - 53.5", Hottest Month: 72.8" - 77.8", Humidity: 1.34" - 23.90", Elevation: 161" - 2838"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Red Shrubby-spurge

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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