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Polemoniaceae >>> Eriastrum eremicum
Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 10, 2008. A higher resolution
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ANNUAL: Spring herbaceous annual becoming apparent after many other
spring annuals have withered. Upright, about 30 cm
or less and freely branched.
FLOWERS: Blue, five pointed stars clustered together and subtended by
many, fuzzy bracts; style branches usu. three. The petals are of slightly
different sizes making the flowers bilaterally symemtric. Blooming mid to late
LEAVES: Alternate leaves are divided into very narrow lobes.
RANGE: Frequent throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico,
also ranging into the Mojave Desert westwards on rocky slopes, desert flats and
along sandy washes. Not apparent in years when the winter-spring rainy season
FRUIT: Dry capsule with several seeds.
UNARMED. No thorns, but dried leaves and floral bracts can be a little
Polemoniaceae -- Phlox Family
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