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Herissantia crispa

Herissantia crispa pen & ink illustration © by Michael J. Plagens

Sketched from live specimen.

Herissantia crispa photo © by Michael J. Plagens

Fruit of Herissantia crispa observed in a side canyon off Camp Creek, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 29 Aug. 2008. A high resolution image of the fruit has been uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons.

FRUIT :The shizocarp is inflated and pleated - looks like a miniature lamp shade.

LEAVES: Heart-shaped leaves have prominent veins, esp. on underside. Margins are toothed.

RANGE: Not uncommon on rocky bajadas and wash banks at mid elevations in the Sonoran Desert but often obscure.

FLOWERS: Yellow, small to medium sized, five-petaled mallow appears late spring into fall depending on rainfall. The flower pedicel is curiously bent downward.

PERENNIAL: Weakly shrubby - stems are mostly thin and woody portions restricted to base. Height is generally leas than 1 meter.


Malvaceae -- Mallow Family

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