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Aloysia wrightii


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LEAVES: Intense oregano-like aroma from crushed leaves which are small, opposite, and with crenulate margins. Prominent impressed veins give the leaves a distinct texture.

SHRUB: A woody shrub normally 1 to meter tall with thin, weak branches that are angled.

RANGE: Fairly widespread through much of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona especially on upper bajadas and partly shaded rocky slopes from 500 to well over 1000 m elevation. Often requires a bit of searching to find.

FRUIT: Small nutlets.

FLOWERS: Very small five pointed flowers are white to lavender in color and arranged into long, narrow spikes. The enlarged view of an individual flower is shown several times actual size.


Verbenaceae -- Verbena Family

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