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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Pectocarya platycarpa - broadfruit combseed

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Boraginaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: This is an annual herb with a slender, rough-haired stem, generally upright to erect in form.
Identification notes: Nutlets are linear or oblong; margins mostly smooth; the four nutlets are essentially alike and do not curve backward; teeth on the margin of the nutlet are evidently joined.
Height: 10 inches


Habitat Description: Found in open sandy/gravelly soils, on rocky slopes, in washes, and along roadsides.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3000 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Feb - May
Description: The inflorescence is a series of flowers, each on a curved pedicel.

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: The small, pointed linear leaves are alternately arranged, widely spaced along the stem, and bristly. The stem is erect, slender, and covered with rough hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green    
Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: The fruit is an array of four flattened nutlets, lined with thin teeth.

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