Plant - summer
Reed Rd, Chino Valley
Sue Smith
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Plant - summer
Fair Oaks Rd
Sue Smith
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Plant - summer
Paulden area
Sue Smith
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Fair Oaks Rd
Sue Smith
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Fair Oaks Rd
Sue Smith
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Coconino NF Windmill Allotment Duff Flat
John Kava
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Plant - summer
Coconino NF Windmill Allotment Duff Flat
John Kava
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. Low growing, long-lived subshrub, woody based with numerous annual branchlets. Fluffy seedheads cover plant to make it look like an exploded pillow. Widespread and conspicuous with its densely matted, soft, long white tangled hairs.
Identification notes: Woody based subshrub with numerous upright stems. Leaves alternate or clustered, linear or lance-shaped. Herbage densely covered with long white hairs. Flowers inconspicuous and imperfect, borne in stem axils or on terminal spikes.
Height: 2 feet     Width: 1-1/2 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found on slopes and plains, sometimes in alkaline soils.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 2000 - 7000 feet


Flowers

Color: White   Shape: Inconspicuous in clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: May - Oct
Description: Flowers in axillary clusters and terminal spike-like clusters, covered in long straight white hairs; lacking petals; male flowers deciduous. Flowers inconspicuous with no petals, clustered in the leaf axils; woolly and white with a green stripe.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Blue-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Top and bottom of leaves
Description: Leaves alternate, clustered, linear to lance-like on short stalks; prominent mid-vein on underside of leaf, channeled on top; margins strongly revolute; leaves densely covered in silky or star-like hairs.


Fruit

Color: White to pink   Type: Feathery   Description: Plumes of fluffy white seeds cover the female plants from September through December.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Gray-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Numerous erect slender branches grow from a woody base. Twigs gray to reddish-brown, stout, ascending, and covered with dense hairs. Trunk bark is gray-brown.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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