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Hwy 97 - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Anemone tuberosa - tuber anemone

Other Common Names: desert anemone, windflower
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Caryophyllaceae

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Hwy 97
Sue Smith
Plant - spring
Hwy 97
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A small, early spring wildflower with basal leaves and flower stems of usually 2 to 3 fairly large white to pinkish-purple flowers.
Identification notes: Erect perennial with tuberous roots, stems less than 1 foot tall. Leaves mostly basal in groups of threes, incised and toothed and on short leaf stalks. Stems usually end in 2 to 3 white to pinkish-purple flowers of petal-like sepals, petals are missing.
Height: 5 to 16 inches


Habitat Description: Rocky slopes, cliff ledges, partial shade, along streams.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian
Elevation: 2500 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to pinkish or light purple     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Feb - Mar
Description: White to pale lavender flowers, 1-1/2 inches wide; each bloom lacks petals, but has 5 to 11 elliptical petal-like sepals around a fuzzy, green and pinkish lavender center; the sepals are finely hairy below; usually 2 to 3 flowers atop a single stem.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Other     Leaf Margin: Other     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Few basal leaves, 2 to 4 inches long, on stems and divided 1 to 2 times into stalkless lobed leaflets; 3 stem leaves in a whorl at mid-stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Densely hairy.
Seed Notes: The brown, woolly, cylindrical seed head, 1/2 to 1 inch long, produces seed-like fruits that are dispersed by the wind.

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