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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cordylanthus parviflorus - purple bird's-beak

Synonyms: Cordylanthus glandulosus
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: A highly branched plant with copiously glandular and hairy herbage.
Identification notes: Corolla is purple with yellow tips. Flowers are scattered along the branches.
Height: 8 to 16 inches


Habitat Description: Dry rocky slopes and mesas, often in juniper woodlands.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 2500 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pinkish-purple     Shape: Other in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Aug - Oct
Description: Loose clusters of 1, 2 to 4 flowers. Flowers are up to 3/4 inch long, made up of a dark-veined pinkish-purple pouch having yellow-tipped petals, which are enveloped in darker sepals. The 4 stamens have bearded filaments.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Gray-green, tinged red     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves and stems are copiously glandular and hairy.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Seed Notes: Seeds are ovoid, shallowly netted, dark brown, densely papillate (soft projections) between nets.

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