Slim-flower Scurf-pea
Scurfy Pea

Psoralidium tenuiflorum

Slim-flower Scurf-Pea, Psoralidium tenuiflorum, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in open, ponderosa forest in upper Reynolds Creek, Sierra Ancha, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 10 June 2010.

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FLOWERS: Slender, tall spikes of purple to paler lavender pea flowers. Under ideal conditions plants will branch repeatedly producing many flower spikes.
leaf of Scurf Pea, Psoralidium tenuiflorum
LEAVES: Leaves are alternate and distinctly three-parted. With magnification small glands are visible and are responsible for the unpleasant odor.

PERENNIAL: An herbaceous plant mostly less than a meter tall. Regrowing for several years from a root stock.

RANGE: Found in montane habitats through much of Arizona.

FRUIT: The short bean pod typically holds just a single bean seed.

UNARMED. No spines.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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