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Willow Lake Tr - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Gaura parviflora - velvetweed

Other Common Names: lizard-tail, tall gaura, velvet leaved gaura, smallflower gaura
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Onagraceae

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Willow Lake Tr
Willow Lake Tr
Willow Lake Tr
Plant - summer
Willow Lake Tr
Willow Lake Tr
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: A weedy looking annual. Has stout taproot with one main stem and several smaller branches above the middle.
Height: 6 feet


Habitat Description: Roadsides, fields, disturbed ground and desert washes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 100 - 6800 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pink     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Tiny and 4 petaled to 3/8 inch long and 3/16 inch wide. The stamens have reddish-brown anthers. Appears in dense, hairy, bending spike-like raceme to 18 inches long. Flowers open in the evening.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Lance shaped. Basal leaves appear in rosette to 8 inches long. Leaves on stem are velvety to 4 inches long.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Notes: Hard, pod-like, 4 winged, woody and nutlike. Widest near the base and does not open at maturity.

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