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Apache Plume

Fallugia paradoxa

Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa, photo © by Michael Plagens

Found on a rocky terrace near Devil's Canyon, Pinal Co., Arizona. June 2011. 2011.

FRUIT: The mature fruit consists of several to quite a number of seed capsules topped by the old style that has become a long, silky plume.

FLOWERS: There are five white petals surrounding a center of numerous stamens and pistils. Blooming is in mid to late spring.
habit of Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa, photo © by Michael Plagens
LEAVES: The leaves are divided into linear segments that are shiny and dark green.

RANGE: Fairly common on dry terraces and canyon slopes from California to Texas. A component of chaparral and open oak woodlands.

SHRUB: A medium-sized shrub with numerous slender twigs sometimes forming thickets.

UNARMED: The plant lacks thorns.

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