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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Tragia ramosa - branched noseburn

Synonyms: Tragia angustifolia, Tragia nepetifolia var. ramosa, Tragia stylaris
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Euphorbiaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Erect plant with several to many stems and little branched. Leaf hairs produce a temporary but painful rash similar to stinging nettle (Urtica spp.).
Identification notes: Leaves are covered with short, stinging hairs; leaf margins are coarsely and sharply serrate.
Height: 4 to 16 inches


Habitat Description: Open, rocky slopes.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2500 - 7400 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Red, yellowish-green     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Nov
Description: There are both male and female flowers. Male flowers have 4 to 5 red sepals, no petals and 4 to 5 yellowish-green stamens. Female flowers have 5 to 7 red sepals and no petals. Both flowers are less than 1/8 inch long.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are narrow (lance-like) or triangular, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long and covered with coarse, stinging hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: 1/8 inch long or a little longer, strongly 3-lobed and coarsely hairy.
Seed Notes: Spherical seeds are to 1/8 inch, smooth and brown.

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