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Grapevine Canyon - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dalea filiformis - Sonoran prairie clover

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Plant - fall
Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Plant - fall
Grapevine Canyon
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual   Similar Species: D. polygonoides
General Desc: Stems are slender and erect or nearly erect.
Identification notes: Leaflets that are linear and filiform distinguish this species from D. polygonoides.
Height: 1 foot


Habitat Description: Open slopes, grassy plains and rocky mountain slopes.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3500 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Purple     Shape: Irregular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Aug - Sep
Description: Corolla is purple. Calyx is 5 toothed and densely hairy. Petals are clawed. Flowers appear in dense clusters at the end of long stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Has 3 to 5 leaflets per leaf. Leaflets are thread-like and filamentous (filiform - thus the name).

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Pods are small and do not open at maturity.
Seed Notes: 1 to 2 seeds per pod.

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