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Aspen Creek Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Thalictrum fendleri - Fendler's meadow-rue

Synonyms: Thalictrum amissum
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Ranunculaceae

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Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Upright, delicate plant, male and female flowers are on separate plants. Flowers are small, clusters can be showy.
Identification notes: Leaves of 3-lobed leaflets, alternate, mostly without hairs beneath; flowers green to yellow, nodding; male and female flowers usually on different plants; sepals 4 per flower, light green; petals absent; male flowers dangling, yellow stamens.
Height: 2 to 5 feet


Habitat Description: Pine and spruce-fir forests and meadows, also in wet areas among willows, birch, mountain brush, and boxelder cottonwood communities.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 5000 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to green     Shape: Irregular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Aug
Description: Flowers do not have petals. Sepals are white to green. Male and female flowers are found on separate plants. Male flowers have many yellowish-green stamens dangling from purplish, threadlike stalks. Female flowers are tiny, rounded clusters.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Stalked, compound leaves are divided several times into rounded leaflets giving the plant a delicate fern-like appearance. Leaves are wider than long, up to 1-1/2 inches in length.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: The fruit is a compressed, strongly nerved achene which contains a single seed.

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