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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dalea polygonoides - sixweeks prairie clover

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Highlands Center for Natural History
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Highlands Center for Natural History
Highlands Center for Natural History
Highlands Center for Natural History
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual   Similar Species: D. filiformis
General Desc: An erect forb with flowers on a cylindrical spike. Has a tap root.
Identification notes: Elliptic leaftlets with a longer terminal leaflet disthinguishes this species from D. filiformis.
Height: 8 inches


Habitat Description: Referenced as being found in pine forests, grasslands and open rocky slopes.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5500 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bluish-purple or white     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Aug - Oct
Description: Flowers appear along 3/4 inch long and 1/4 inch thick oblong spike. Lower leaf of flower is slightly over 1/16 inch long. The bracts are covered with hairs and are as long as the flower tube.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Has 3 to 11 narrow leaflets. Leaflets are opposite but leaves are alternate. Leaves are odd pinnate.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Pods are ovoid and hairy.

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