Arizona Popcorn Flower

Plagiobothrys arizonicus

Plagiobothrys photo © by Michael Plagens

McDowell Mountain Park, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 25 Feb. 2017. Detail of inflorescence below.

Inflescence of Plagiobothrys arizonicus photo © by Michael Plagens

FRUIT: Four or three nutlets with a wing along outer edge.

ANNUAL: Mid-spring annual normally not more than 30 cm tall. Picking the leaves or stems will leave a bright red-purple dye on the hands.

Photo © by Michael Plagens
LEAVES: Leaves are elliptic and larger ones tend to be clustered close to the base. Red color can be seen in the veins and on the leaf margins.

RANGE: Spotty distribution in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico. Also ranging into adjacent deserts to east, north and west. Rocky slopes and along washes.

FLOWERS: White flowers are small and rarely are more than a few open at once.

UNARMED. No thorns.

Boraginaceae -- Borage Family

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