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Paleyellow Suncup

Camissonia pallida

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Mesquite Wash, e. Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 2008.

ANNUAL: Mostly erect spring annual, sometimes falling over and branching upward. Rarely up to ½ meter tall.

FLOWERS: Four yellow petals, eight stamens. Blooming around April/May.

LEAVES: Narrow, elyptic to triangular leaves with some small teeth along margins with short, petioles < 2mm.

RANGE: More common in the Sonoran Desert at mid to upper elevations on rocky slopes and along washes.

FRUIT: Long, narrow, weakly four-angled pods Inferior to corolla. Pods one to a few cm long variously coiled.


Onagraceae -- Evening Primrose Family

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