Infobox mineral
name = Petalite
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formula = lithium aluminium tectosilicate mineral LiAlSi4O10
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color = colorless, grey, yellow, yellow grey, to white
habit = tabular prismatic crystals and columnar masses
system = monoclinic 2/m.
twinning =
cleavage = Perfect in one plane
fracture = Subconchoidal
mohs = 6 - 6.5
luster = Vitreous, pearly on cleavages
refractive = nα=1.504, nβ=1.510, nγ=1.516
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streak = Colorless
gravity = 2.4
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fusibility = 5
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solubility = Insoluble
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other = Fluorescent

Petalite, also known as castorite is a lithium aluminium tectosilicate mineral LiAlSi4O10, crystallizing in the monoclinic system. Petalite is a member of the feldspathoid group. It occurs as colorless, grey, yellow, yellow grey, to white tabular crystals and columnar masses. Occurs in lithium-bearing pegmatites with spodumene, lepidolite, and tourmaline. Petalite is an important ore of lithium. The colorless varieties are often used as gemstones.

Discovered in 1800, type locality: Utö Island, Haninge, Stockholm, Sweden. The name is derived from Greek petalon for "leaf".

See also: List of minerals


*Hurlbut, Cornelius S.; Klein, Cornelis, 1985, "Manual of Mineralogy", 20th ed., ISBN 0-471-80580-7
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