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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dalea brachystachya - Fort Bowie prairie clover

Synonyms: Dalea lemmonii, Parosela brachystachys
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Yavapai Ranch
Sue Smith
Yavapai Ranch
Sue Smith
Plant - fall
Yavapai Ranch
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Biennial or annual
General Desc: Aromatic, ascending herb that is much branched from the base.
Identification notes: Gland dotted with odd-pinnate leaves and inconspicuous stipules and dense inflorescence makes this a Dalea. Mostly annual plants with yellow flowers distinguishes this from other Dalea sp. in our area.
Height: 8 to 12 inches


Habitat Description: Rolling slopes, rocky soil, woodlands and meadows, primarily below ponderosa and above saguaro cactus.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3500 - 6500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Sep - Oct
Description: Pea-shaped flowers with persistent floral bracts that are conspicuously gland dotted. Flower clusters are dense and somewhat elongated.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green with darker margins     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves are pinnately compound with an odd number of narrow leaflets. The leaflets are gland dotted underneath.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

No Fruit or seed notes

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