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Sarcopoterium spinosum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Genus: Sarcopoterium
Species: S. spinosum
Binomial name
Sarcopterium spinosum
(L.) Spach

Poterium L.

Sarcopoterium is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family. The genus is synonymous to Poterium. The sole species within this genus, Sarcopoterium spinosum, is common to the southeast Mediterranean region[1] and Middle East.[2] It is a perennial bush with small flowers in inflorescence. Sarcopoterium spinosum flowers in February to April and its fruits mature in autumn, then fall to earth to germinate with the rain water.

Sarcopoterium spinosum has spines. In the summer (high temperatures) it is dried and appears dead.


  1. ^ Seligman, No'am; Henkin, Zalmen (2003). Plant Ecology. 164 (1): 95–107. doi:10.1023/A:1021289412812.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Gargano, Domenico; Fenu, Giuseppe; Medagli, Piero; Sciandrello, Saverio; Bernardo, Liliana (1 December 2007). "The status of Sarcopoterium spinosum (Rosaceae) at the western periphery of its range: Ecological constraints lead to conservation concerns". Israel Journal of Plant Sciences. 55 (1): 1–13. doi:10.1560/IJPS.55.1.1.