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Wright's Thelypody

Thelypodium wrightii

Inflorescence of Wright's Thelypody, Thelypodium wrightii, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed blooming along Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona on 06 Sept. 2009.

Leaf of Wright's Thelypody, Thelypodium wrightii, photo © by Michael Plagens

Earlier, the same plant was found at Coon Creek, Sierra Ancha, Gila Co., Arizona, USA on 08 Aug. 2009. Andrew Salywon helped with identification.

FLOWERS: Spikes of white, fragrant flowers are at the ends of nearly horizontal side branches. As usual, there are four petals and six stamens. Blooming late spring into autumn depending on rainfall.

PERENNIAL HERB: Rising to two meters or more in height on a mostly herbaceous, but stout stem. There are dozen or more main lateral branches from central main stem.

LEAVES: Lance-shaped leaves are widest at the middle and are mostly entire - without lobes/teeth.

RANGE: Occurs mostly in partially shaded, riparian habitats at the middle or higher elevations in the Sonoran Desert. Also occurs in riparian situations in the Chihuahuan Desert.

FRUIT: Long, very slender pods.


Brassicaceae Mustard Family

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