Wolf Creek Area
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants
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Wolf Creek Area
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Wolf Creek Area
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Deciduous. A tall, loose, airy shrub that grows in dense stands along streambanks and wherever there is moisture. Majority of foliage on the upper third of the plant.
Height: 10 feet     Width: 5 feet


Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 2500 - 7000 feet

Similar Species: Amorpha occidentalis, Amorpha herbacea

Flower Characteristics

Color: Deep Violet-Purple   Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: May - Jul
Description: Deep purple-blue with long bright orange or yellow anthers 3/8 inch long by 1/8 inch wide with only one petal. Dense on a slender, showy flower spike to 7 inches long at the ends of the twigs.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green   Type: Compound   Shape: Round or Oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Darker above, lighter below, about 10 inches long with up to 35, 10 pairs of 2 inch oblong leaflets per leaf. Leaflets are velvety on the lower surface, frequently almost parallel and often abruptly rounded at both ends.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Green   Type: Pod   Description: Pods are glandular dotted and usually contain only one seed. Similar to tiny cucumbers, bright green and drying to brown. Pods are from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Brownish   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Twigs are gray-brown and somewhat grooved below the nodes.

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