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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Rhynchosida physocalyx - buffpetal

Synonyms: Sida physocalyx
Other Common Names: tuberous sida
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Malvaceae


   
 
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Large tuber-like taproot; stems trailing to ascending, with scattered coarse star-shpaed hairs, solitary yellowish-orange flowers.
Identification notes: Stems trail along the ground; toothed leaves symmetric at their base; sparse star-shaped hairs all over; yellowish-orange petals have a narrow base; sepals greatly enlarged in fruit, forming an inflated lantern that encloses the much smaller fruit.
Height: Up to 3 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: In canyons and along waterways in rich soils.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian
Elevation: 2500 - 5000 feet


Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellowish-orange     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Oct
Description: Solitary flowers in stem axils; 5 petals overlapping, heart-shaped (calyx lobes broadly cordate) and strongly angled basally.


Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Coarsely hairy, stemmed leaves, broad at the base coming to a point with toothed edges, 1 to 2 inches long. Stems trailing or erect, covered with coarse hairs.


Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Blackish   
Fruit Notes: 1/2 inch diameter, dry, hairless lantern-shaped with ridges that open upon maturity, contains a light green wheel-like segmented fruit within, with up to 11 segments.
Seed Notes: Each segment contains a solitary 1/16 inch slightly hairy seed.



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