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Willow Lake - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Gomphrena caespitosa - tufted globe amaranth

Other Common Names: tufted ball clover
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Amaranthaceae

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Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Willow Lake
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Has a deep woody root. First appears as a rosette with leafless flowering stems that are followed by stems bearing leaves and spreading out to 8 inches in diameter.
Identification notes: Prostrate deep rooted perennial plants; leaves basal until stems spread and new stems bear smaller opposite leaves; leaves are longer than wide and densely hairy; white flowers are in ovoid dense clusters, subtended by silvery-white bracts.
Height: 6 inches


Habitat Description: Open woodlands, especially oak-juniper woodlands and hillsides.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3500 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White and yellow     Shape: Other in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Aug
Description: Ovoid heads of white flowers supported by silvery-white bracts. Individual flowers 5 lobed. To 3/16 inch long. Inflorescences to 3/4 inch in diameter.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Rosette leaves are narrow to 3 inches long, almost 1 inch wide and have dense grayish hairs. Leaves on spreading stems are smaller.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Notes: A one-seeded ovoid fruit with a sharp pointed tip less than 1/16th inch.
Seed Notes: Less than 1/16 inch.

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