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Sarcopoterium spinosum
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Tribe: Sanguisorbeae
Subtribe: Sanguisorbinae
Genus: Sarcopoterium
S. spinosum
Binomial name
Sarcopoterium spinosum
    • Bencomia spinosa (L.) G.Nicholson
    • Pimpinella spinosa Gaertn.
    • Poterium spinosum L.
    • Sanguisorba spinosa (L.) Bertol.

Sarcopoterium is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family. The genus is sometimes considered synonymous to Poterium. The sole species within this genus, Sarcopoterium spinosum, is common to the southeast Mediterranean region[2] and the Middle East.[3] In English it is known as the prickly, spiny, or thorny burnet[4] 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 dry and appears dead.


  1. ^ "Sarcopoterium spinosum (L.) Spach". Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  2. ^ Seligman, No'am; Henkin, Zalmen (2003). "Persistence in Sarcopoterium spinosum dwarf-shrub communities". Plant Ecology. 164 (1): 95–107. doi:10.1023/A:1021289412812. S2CID 31027430.
  3. ^ 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 (inactive 31 January 2024).{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of January 2024 (link)
  4. ^ Sarcopoterium spinosum (SRCSP) on EPPO Global Database