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Coulter's Lyrepod

Lyrocarpa coulteri

Lyrocarpa coulteri foliage and flowers Pen & Ink Illustration © by Michael Plagens

Sketched from live specimen observed in the Growler Mts., Pima Co., Arizona. 27 March 1993. a) cut-away view of flower.

FLOWERS: The four petals are brown to purplish and appear as long twisted straps. Six stamens. Fragrant flowers in early spring.

VINE-LIKE SUBSHRUB: Long slender stems grow up and through supporting shrubs. They are slightly woody esp. towards base.

LEAVES: Pinnately dissected leaves are alternate on the stems.

RANGE: Restricted to far southwestern Arizona and southeastern California and hence into deserts of northwest Mexico.

FRUIT: A triangular pod divided into two chambers each with a few seeds.


Brassicaceae Mustard Family

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Lyrepod flowers, Lyrocarpa coulteri, close-up of a flower © by Michael Plagens

Observed in bloom in the Ajo Mountains, Pima Co., Arizona, USA. 21 March 2010.

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