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 shrub, woody based with numerous annual branchlets. Fluffy seed heads cover plant to make it look like an exploded pillow. A widespread sub-shrub conspicuous by 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 and 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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