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Psorothamnus emoryi
(Dalea emoryi)

Watercolor Illustration © by Michael J. Plagens

Watercolor from live specimen found in the Gila Mountains, Yuma Co. Arizona.

FLOWERS: Delicate, purple, pea-flower with orange, dye-emitting glands on the calyx.

SHRUB: A woody but rather delicate shrub mostly less than 1 m tall

UNARMED. There are no thorns or spines.

LEAVES: Pinately compound leaves with an odd number of 13 or less leaflets.

FRUIT: small single seeded pod.

RANGE: This shrubby plant is found in hilly terrain of far southwestern Arizona and southeastern California where it seems that little else can survive. Given the harsh environment, this plant's beauty is all the more surprising.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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