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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dalea nana - dwarf prairie clover

Other Common Names: indigo bush
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Gray perennial pungent herb with spreading and ascending branches and yellow flowers. Plant has special beneficial value to all types of bees.
Identification notes: Leaflets many (11 to 51); upper leaves are only slightly reduced; flower spikes are 10 to 15 mm wide; flowers are stemless; petals leave a scar when they fall; floral bracts and calyx tubes are smooth, stems branch at the base.
Height: 4 to 8 inches


Habitat Description: Gravels, dry sandy areas, limestone rubble.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 6000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: The small, pea-like flowers are borne on dense, hairy, erect egg-shaped flower spikes on short stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaflets are green, hairy above and below and opposite. Leaves are compound, pinnate and alternate.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Reddish   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: The flowers are followed by feathery, reddish seedpods.
Seed Notes: Seeds are tan and bean shaped.

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