Phoenix waste water recovery, Tres Rios, Arizona, USA. Oct 2006.
HERB : A perennial herb restricted to wet soil near ponds and cienegas.
LEAVES: Broadly elliptic, rather large leaves mostly from a basal
roseate; leaf top surface is waxy.
RANGE : Distributed across the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico in
wet places, including those with rather salty or alkaline soils.
Frequently planted as part of wastewater recovery operations near urban areas
such as Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Widely planted for
its medicinal value as well.
FLOWERS: Many small white flowers arranged in a spike above a group of
radially arranged bright white bracts.
FRUIT: Small, fleshy capsules. UNARMED.
Saururaceae -- Lizardtail Family