Broad-fruit Comb Bur

Pectocarya platycarpa

Pectocarya platycarpa photo © by Michael Plagens

Robbins Butte, Maricopa Co., Arizona, March 9, 2008. Actual size is about 7 mm

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SPRING ANNUAL: Ephemeral spring annual appearing in the Sonoran Desert late Dec. to early April depending on moisture.

FLOWERS: Minute, five-petaled, white flowers in small clusters.

FRUIT: Four slightly curved nutlets with broad, fleshy bur appendages. Compare with the burr of similar Arch-nutted Comb Bur -- Pectocarya recurvata.

LEAVES: Linear and grass-like with numerous appressed hairs.

STEMS: Entirely herbaceous and ephemeral usu. less than 10 cm tall.

RANGE: Less common than Arch-nutted Comb Bur -- Pectocarya recurvata, but found across the Sonoran Desert on rocky slopes and flats in similar situations.

Pectocarya platycarpa photo © by Michael Plagens

Signal Mountain, Maricopa Co., Arizona, March 5, 2017.

Boraginaceae -- Borage Family

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 28 March 2008,
updated 27 March 2017.