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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Hybanthus verticillatus - baby slippers

Synonyms: Calceolaria verticillata, Hybanthus linearis, Hybanthus verticillatus
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Violaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Erect plant with small flowers that look like miniature (less than 1/4 inch long) violets.
Identification notes: Lower petals concave or slightly sac-shaped, but not spurred.
Height: 5 to 16 inches


Habitat Description: Dry plains and mesas, desert grasslands, chaparral and riparian areas.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Riparian
Elevation: 1100 - 5400 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Purple, green and white     Shape: Irregular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Upper purple petals are much shorter than the lower white one which is 1/8 to 1/4 inch long.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are linear and alternate and less than 1/4 inch long. Leaves and stems with or without hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Dark brown to black   
Fruit Type: Capsule

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