Leaves
Wolf Creek Area
Sue Smith
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Leaves
Wolf Creek Area
Sue Smith
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Wolf Creek Area
Sue Smith
Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Amorpha californica
General Description: Deciduous. A tall, leggy, loose, airy, minutely hairy shrub with compound leaves that grows in dense stands along stream banks and wherever there is moisture. The majority of foliage is on the upper third of the plant.
Identification notes: Shrub without prickly glands; leaves compound with minutely hairy, oval-shaped, spine-tipped leaflets; flower cluster is spike-shaped with flowers on short stems; single purple petal and 10 protruding stamens with yellow anthers; fruit is a smooth pod.
Height: Up to 10 feet     Width: 5 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: In canyons and along stream banks.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 2500 - 6500 feet


Flowers

Color: Deep bluish-purple   Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y   Flowering Period: May - Jul
Description: Deep bluish-purple flowers have 1 petal; anthers long bright orange or yellow, 3/8 inch long by 1/8 inch wide. Dense showy flower spikes to 7 inches long are on slender stems at the ends of branches. Sepals less than 1/2 the length of the floral tube.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Grayish-green   Type: Compound   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Darker above, lighter below, about 10 inches long, with 11 to 21 oblong leaflets. Leaflets are velvety on the lower surface, often abruptly rounded at both ends with a small point at their apex; leaflet margins are sometimes almost parallel.


Fruit

Color: Green   Type: Pod   Description: Pods are glandular dotted and usually contain only 1 seed. Similar to tiny cucumbers, bright green and drying to brown. Pods are from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long and smooth.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Brownish   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Twigs are gray-brown and somewhat grooved below the nodes.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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