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County Rd 30
Sue Smith
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Leaves
County Rd 30
Sue Smith
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Flowers
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Flowers
Max Licher @http://swbiodiversity.org, Usage Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Larrea divaricata subsp. tridentata , Larrea mexicana
General Description: Evergreen. Rounded, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub. Gives off a musty odor after rain. When pollinated, petals twist 90 degrees. Waxy coating on leaves conserves water by slowing evaporation. Leaves may fold in half during extreme drought to conserve moisture.
Identification notes: Aromatic diffusely branched evergreen resinous shrub. Opposite leaves with short stalks and 2 spreading leaflets fused at their bases. Yellow flowers are solitary in leaf axils. Fruits are round and hairy, consisting of 5 1-seeded sections.
Height: To 13 feet     Width: To 10 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Dry plains, mesas, slopes, hillsides. Widespread at lower elevations.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands
Elevation: 0 - 5000 feet


Flowers

Color: Yellow   Shape: Regular, not in clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Feb - Apr
Description: Bright yellow flowers are 1/4 to 1/2 inch long with 5 yellow petals, 5 yellow sepals, 10 stamens, and 1 pistil. The main blooming period is in the spring but blossoms may occur later dependent on additional moisture.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Dark green    Type: Compound   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: N
Description: Leaves are evergreen; each leaf consists of a pair of leaflets united at the base. Leaflets are elliptical, dark green, shiny, and strongly-scented (especially after rain).


Fruit

Color: White   Type: Nut or nut-like   Description: Fruits are round, consisting of 5 1-seeded nutlets which may or may not break apart after maturing. Each fruit is densely covered by long white, silky hairs.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Gray    Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Bark is gray and patterned with darker shaded swollen nodes.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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