Mono Basin and Hot Creek Area

Caterpillar Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus). The female (pistillate) flowers are green, small in size (about 3/16 in), very inconspicuous with a wing-like membrane that becomes enlarged as the fruit matures. The fruit reaches approximately 1/2 inch at maturity. Fruit are green while growing, turning reddish nearing the end of development and tan when fully mature.