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Purple Mat

Nama demissum

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Salome Highway and Baseline Road, Maricopa Co., Arizona. March 2008. A high resolution image of a matting specimen from the Las Vegas area is at Wikimedia Commons by Stan Shebs.

ANNUAL: Diminutive spring annual with over-sized flowers. Grows more or less prostrate forming mats if moisture is sufficient for extended growth.

FLOWERS: For the size of plant, large. Widely flared funnel in rose-purple with five lobes.

LEAVES: Leaves are spatulate and a bit fleshy. They are beset with glandular hairs with swollen bases.

RANGE: Fairly common on the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and California, but present only after winters with good rains. Desert flats, rocky slopes and along washes.

FRUIT: On maturity, a dry capsule with a number of seeds.

UNARMED. No spines.

Hydrophyllacaceae -- Waterleaf Family

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