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Matelea parvifolia

Matelea parvifolia, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed blooming along the Harquahala Wilderness trail, n. slope of Harquahala Mountains, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA. 11 March 2012. The flower is about 2.5 mm in diameter.

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Leaf of Matalea parvifolia, photo © by Michael Plagens RANGE: This obscure vine is found in scattered locations on rocky slopes across southwestern Arizona. Also California.

LEAVES: The small leaves are rather thick and arrow-shaped and in pairs at each node.

FLOWERS: Five-pointed, brownish-green flowers are small and difficult to see. Blooming in early spring and at other times of year, precipitation dependent. What is the pollinator? A dedicated naturalist should study this and must surely find something interesting.

SEEDS: Seeds have silky hairs and are borne inside an elongated capsule.

VINE: A small vine with slender stems twining up through other shrubs.


Asclepiadaceae -- Milkweed Family

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