Wooly Tidestromia

Tidestromia lanuginosa

Photo by Michael Plagens

This photo was taken in Phoenix at the Reach 11 Recreation Area on Sept. 25, 2005.

SUMMER ANNUAL: Low growing annual appears after favorable summer rains blooming from August into early October.

LEAVES Leaves are covered with silvery hairs.

RANGE: Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mohave Deserts of Arizona, Sonora, California. Common on flat areas especially those that are briefly inundated by thunderstorm runoff.

FLOWERS: Flowers are borne in small clusters and are yellowish white.

STEMS: The reddish stems contrasting with the silvery-white leaves are characteristic and make for a very attractive plant.

Amaranthaceae -- Amaranth Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 25 Sept. 2005,
updated 1 Nov. 2015.