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Constellation trail - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Phemeranthus parviflorus - sunbright

Synonyms: Talinum appalachianum, Talinum parviflorum
Other Common Names: Goodding's fameflower, prairie flameflower, sunbright talinum
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Portulacaceae

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Constellation trail
Sue Smith
Constellation trail
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Constellation trail
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Stems can be simple or branching and appear woody. More or less erect.
Identification notes: Flowers pink or purplish born in clusters that open from the center outward; three-lobed stigma, smooth seeds, cylindric leaf blades to 2 inches long; less than 7 stamens usually 5, but 4 or 6 possible, distinguish this from other Phemeranthus sp.
Height: 1 to 8 inches


Habitat Description: Dry woodlands, chaparral, scrub and grassland, on outcrops and in rocky soil.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 4500 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White, pale pink or purplish     Shape: Regular in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jul - Aug
Description: Flower stalks are slender and longer than the leaves. Sepals are ovate to 1/8 inch long. Petals are elliptic to obovate and 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. Has 5 stamens. Inflorescence is a loose cyme (flat or curve shape with multiple branches).

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Other     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are very narrow and have a circular cross section with bases originating directly from stems; slightly broadened at base; up to 2 inches long.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsule is ellipsoid or sometimes ovoid. To 3/16 inch long.
Seed Notes: Seeds are smooth and less than 1/16 inch long.

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