White Prairie Clover

Dalea candida

White Prairie Clover, Dalea candida, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed along side a forest trail in the ponderosa woodlands of Upper East Verde watershead just below the Mogollon Rim, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. August 2010. The larger insect is a Spring Azure Butterfly.

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leaf detail of white prairie clover

FLOWERS: Compact spikes of bright white flowers with conspicuous yellow stamens. The flower petals are arrayed to one side of the flower. Blooming in summer with onset of summer rains. Very attractive to insects.

LEAVES: Leaves pinnately divided into linear, mostly hairless segments. Several orange-colored glands emit strong terpene odor when rubbed/bruised.

PERENNIAL: Above ground portion is herbaceous and regrows from woody root stock/base. About a meter tall.

RANGE: Widespread and frequent in ponderosa woodlands. Conspicuous in bloom as many stems of one or more plants form a thicket with many blooming simultaneously.

FRUIT: Dry bean pods with one small bean-seed per pod.

UNARMED. Thornless.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands
The Flora of Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands


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