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Willow Dells - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Boerhavia coccinea - scarlet spiderling

Other Common Names: Indian boerhaavia, wine-flower, red spiderling
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Nyctaginaceae

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Willow Dells
Willow Dells
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Willow Dells
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Grows low and trailing on the ground with delicate multi stems and branches. Radiates outward forming a mat of growth.
Identification notes: Perennial plant form and hairy fruit distinguishes from other Boerhavia sp.
Height: Trailing to 3 feet long


Habitat Description: Deserts, roadsides, weedy areas, fields, gravelly outwashed fans and rocky slopes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 5500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Purplish-red     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Nov
Description: Short tube with 5 spreading lobes to 1/8 inch wide. Has dense clusters to 1/4 inch wide. Flowers appear on stems at leaf axils.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or Oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Dark green but has lighter green on under side. Has wavy margins. Leaves and stems are sticky. To 2 inches long.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Grayish-brown to brown   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Egg or club shaped with and without hairs. To about 1/10 inch long.

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