Arizona Naturalists >>> Sycamore Gallery Flora >>> Garryaceae >>> Garrya flavescens
Foliage of Ashy-silk Tassel, Garrya flavescens as observed along Sycamore Creek in the Mazatzal Mountains, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. November 2008.
Fruit of of Ashy-silk Tassel, Garrya flavescens as observed in the New River Mountains, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 28 May 2011.
LEAVES: Thick, broadly oval, opposite leaves are tapered at both ends
and smooth on the margins. Under magnification the source of the ashy color is
reavealed as a fine layer of silvery, flattened scale-hairs.
Inflorescence of Ashy-silk Tassel observed at the first crossing of the East Verde River along Houston Mesa Rd., Gila Co., Az. July 2010.
SHRUB: A medium to large-sized evergreen shrub with usually multiple
stems from ground level plus branching freely above. Commonly
two meters tall.
Garryaceae -- Silktassel Family
A number of plants were found in the New River Mountains, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA, on 28 May 2011, with swollen, distorted shoots. These galls were caused by feeding within by larvae of an insect. So far, I have not successfully reared these for identification.
The Flora of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons
Plagens, page created 7 Jan, 2010,
updated 11 Oct. 2012