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- John Kava

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Tiquilia canescens - woody crinklemat

Other Common Names: shrubby coldenia
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Boraginaceae

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John Kava
Plant - summer
John Kava
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Low growing perennial to woody subshrub, often spreading and forming mats or mounds.
Identification notes: Perennial forb to woody subshrub; forms mats; leaves occasionally clustered, blades ovate to narrow-elliptic, margin entire, densely covered with white hairs, veins obscure; small pink to white flowers, usually sessile and solitary in axils of leaves.
Height: Trailing to 2 feet


Habitat Description: Dry sunny mesas and slopes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: Below 5500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pinkish to white     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Feb - Sep
Description: Appears as single flowers. 5-lobed to 3/8 inch long and 1/4 inch wide.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Has numerous clustered leaves with ovate to elliptic shapes to 3/8 inch long. Plump with soft whitish hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: Has small spherical nut-like fruit.
Seed Notes: Seeds are oval to about 1/16 inch.

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