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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Phemeranthus aurantiacus - orange fameflower

Synonyms: Talinum angustissimum, Talinum aurantiacum, Talinum polygaloides
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Portulacaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A succulent perennial bearing showy, yellow-orange or copper-colored flowers after summer rains. Flowers occur singly in leaf axils.
Identification notes: Petals orange, usually solitary, sometimes 2 to 3-flowered flat-topped clusters in leaf axils. Seed capsules open quickly when ripe.
Height: To 16 inches


Habitat Description: Washes, ravines, flats, dunes, slopes, benches, bluffs, ledges, often in grassland, scrub, or chaparral, sometimes along roadsides or in other disturbed sites. Also documented in Pinyon Juniper Woodlands.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 6900 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow or orange     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Nov
Description: Flowers are 1 inch wide and have 5 yellow or orange petals. The orange petals often have red, flame-like streaks on them; opening in the morning and withering by late afternoon.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are succulent, alternate, and lanceolate (narrow oval shape tapering to a point at each end) or narrowly linear in shape. The stems are fleshy and red-brown in color. The roots are large and tuberous.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Ovoid to about 1/4 inch long.
Seed Notes: Curved with ridges.

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