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Fremont Dalea
Indigo Bush

Psorothamnus fremontii

Psorothamnus fremontii, photo © by Michael Plagens

Psorothamnus fremontii, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Joshua Tree National Monument, California. 30 April 2010.

FLOWERS: Small, less then 1 cm long, but vivid violet-purple.

SHRUB: A woody shrub with intricate branching and main stems silvery-white. Often leafless after long drought.

FRUIT: One small seed inside each pod. Numerous small glands arranged in lines on outside of pod.

LEAVES: Compound leaves with usually linear segments.

RANGE: Found on the fringes of the Sonoran Desert where it meets the Mojave Desert.


Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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