Tidestromia suffruticosa

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Tidestromia suffruticosa
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Tidestromia
T. suffruticosa
Binomial name
Tidestromia suffruticosa
Synonyms [1]
  • Alternanthera suffruticosaTorr.
  • Cladothrix oblongifoliaS.Watson
  • Cladothrix suffruticosa(Torr.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex S.Watson
  • Tidestromia gemmataI.M.Johnst.
  • Tidestromia oblongifolia(S.Watson) Standl.
  • Tidestromia suffruticosa var. coahuilanaI.M.Johnst.

Tidestromia suffruticosa, the shrubby honeysweet, [2] is a perennial plant in the family Amaranthaceae of the southwestern United States and northeastern Mexican deserts. It has one of the highest rates of photosynthesis ever recorded. [3] It flowers from April to December. [3] It can survive very high temperatures, growing successfully in extreme environments such as Death Valley, [4] and the genetic basis for this is being studied with a view to making hardier crop plants to better cope with climate change. [5]


The following varieties are accepted: [1]

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  2. USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Tidestromia suffruticosa". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
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