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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Stanleya pinnata - desert princesplume

Other Common Names: prince's plume, golden princes' plume, golden desert plume, sentinel of the plains
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Brassicaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A conspicuous and beautiful wildflower with plums of bright yellow flowers; generally standing 5 to 6 feet tall. Flower stalks persist for a year or two and this can help with identification.
Identification notes: Plants suffrutescent (woody); petal blades < 1/8 inch wide, bright yellow. Petals with the claw densely pubescent on the inner face.
Height: 3 to 6 feet


Habitat Description: Dry, open sites, mountain slopes, ponderosa pine forests, streambanks, roadsides, disturbed habitats
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 2500 - 6000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bright yellow     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Sep
Description: Flower clusters to 24 inches, bloom from the bottom of the stalk upward over a period of many weeks, sometimes months; each flower has four sepals and four yellow petals having long, wavy hairs on the inner side; the stamens are longer than the petiole.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Basal and lower stem leaves lanceolate, deeply pinnately lobed, 2 to 8 inches long; upper leaves are shorter, about 2 inches long, smooth to slightly lobed. Leaves usually coated with white waxy powder. Leaves and stems can have hairs or not.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Long, slender pods.
Seed Notes: Oblong, about 1/16 inch long.

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