Yerba Mansa

Anemopsis californica

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photo of Anemopsis californica at the Phoenix waste water recovery site known as Tres Rios.

HERB : A perenial herb restricted to damp places near ponds and cienegas.

LEAVES: Broadly elyptic, rather large leaves mostly from a basal roseate; leaf top surface is waxy. .

RANGE : 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.

Sauricaceae -- Lizardtail Family

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page


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