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Flat-top Buckwheat
California Buckwheat

Eriogonum fasciculatum

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Flat-topped Buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum, pen & Ink © by Michael Plagens

Drawn from specimen observed at Bumble Bee, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 12 April 1992.

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leaves of Flat-topped buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum, observed n. of Lake Roosevelt, Arizona. Photo © Mike Plagens. FLOWERS: Masses of white and pink flowers clustered into flat-topped inflorescences. Blooming late spring and sometimes again in late summer and fall. A very attractive plant.

RANGE: In Arizona, Upland Sonoran Desert and Inland Chaparral mostly above 800 m elevation.

FRUIT: Small, single-seeded fruit are capsules with three angles in cross-section.

LEAVES: Linear leaves are clustered together into fascicles.

SHRUB: Weakly woody plants are typically a meter in height.


Capitate inflorescence of Flat-topped buckwheat, Eriogonum fasciculatum. Photo © Mike Plagens

Photo of Eriogonum fasciculatum blooms in the foothills of the Harquahala Mountains, La Paz, County, Arizona, USA. March 2005.

Polygonaceae -- Buckwheat Family

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