Wright's Bee-brush

Aloysia wrightii

Aloysiqa wrightii photo © by Michael Plagens

Ten km south of Superior, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA. 30 July 2017.

As the name implies the flowers despite their small size are attractive to butterflies and other insects.

Fatal Metalmark

Fatal Metalmark

Leda Hairstreak

Leda Hairstreak

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

SHRUB: A woody shrub normally 1 to meter tall with slender, weak branches that are four-angled. Numerous stems are intricately branched.,

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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updated 5 Aug. 2017.