Blue Fiesta Flower
Photographed in Maricopa Co., Arizona by Laurie Nessel. February 29, 2008
This image is also hosted at the Wikimedia Commons. The minute hooks can be seen in this enlarged view.
ANNUAL : Slender spring annual that clambers up and through small
shrubs and other plants. The stems have minute grappling hooks along their length that help
maintain the plant's high position amongst the profusion of growth that follows good winter
rains. These hooks can be felt easily under the finger tips by sliding them along the
Hydrophyllaceae -- Waterleaf Family
At White Canyon Wilderness in Pinal Co., Arizona, I found a number of plants with powdery mildew infections. A full understanding of any species and its environment ought to include the pathogens from viruses to macroscopic fungi as well.
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Plagens, page created 17 March 2008,
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