Whispering Bells

Emmenanthe penduliflora

Whispering Bells, Emmenanthe penduliflora photo copyright M. Plagens k

Near Rackensack Wash, New River Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 22 March 2015.

FLOWERS: Five lobed, tubular, pale yellow flowers on an arcing inflorescence. As the new flowers open at the end of the curving spike the older flowers fade to white and dry out. The dry petals remain attached for some days whispering in the desert breeze.

ANNUAL : Spring annual apparent only in years following good winter rains. Grows upright, mostly less than ½ meter tall.

LEAVES: Leaves are deeply toothed and may be more-or-less encircling the stem (clasping).

RANGE: Fairly common throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and southern California, but not abundant and present only in years when winter rains have been adequate. Often growing in the partial shade offered by desert trees and shrubs.

FRUIT: A spherical capsule with sticky gland-hairs. With a dozen or so small seeds.

UNARMED. No spines.

Hydrophyllaceae -- Waterleaf Family

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updated 24 March 2015