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Grapevine Canyon - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Calliandra humilis - dwarf stickpea

Synonyms: Calliandra herbacea
Other Common Names: false mesquite
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Sprawling low growing plant.
Identification notes: Perennial with a woody base, slender herbaceous branches and small bipinnate leaves with 3 to 9 pairs of leaflets. Smooth leaflets are oval to oblong, 5 mm long by 1 to 2 mm wide. Flowers pea-like in rounded clusters with long filamentous stamens.
Height: Up to 2 inches


Habitat Description: Dry soils in oak and pine woodlands.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4000 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Jun - Aug
Description: Funnel-shaped flowers. Numerous flowers form a rounded cluster. Flower head is up to 5/8 inch in diameter. Long, conspicuous stamens with filaments united below into a tube.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green, edged in red     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Twice compound and sensitive to touch, will stay closed for several minutes when touched. Leaflets are linear and opposite. Stems are reddish.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green turning to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Flat pod with thick, ribbon-like margins. Pod segments curl when dry.

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