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Photographed near Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 4, 2008.
Close-up of flower showing five large sepals, three very small and narrow flag petals. One of the two, darker, purple-colored gland-petals can be seen.. Photographed near Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 4, 2008.
SHRUB: Woody shrub mostly less than one
meter tall, sometimes sprawling. The Kramerias are
apparently root parasites, tapping their roots into the roots of other shrubs'
root systems for water and minerals. The young twigs appear whitish due to
Krameriaceae -- Ratany Family
The oddities of this plant are extended to its pollination by bees that gather oil from the purple glands rather than nectar.
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