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Willow Lake - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Gomphrena caespitosa - tufted globe amaranth

Other Common Names: tufted ball clover
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Amaranthaceae

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

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Has a deep woody root. First appears as a rosette with leafless flowering stems and then afterward sends up stems bearing leaves and spreading out to 8 inches in diameter.
Height: 6 inches


Habitat Description: Open woodlands, especially oak-juniper woodlands and hillsides.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 2000 - 6500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White and yellow     Shape: Inconspicuous in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Aug
Description: Bears ovoid heads of yellow flowers supported by silvery-white bracts. Has 5 lobes. To 2/10 inch long. Inflorescences to 7/10 inch in diameter.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Rosette leaves are oblanceolate to 3 inches long by slightly over 1 inch wide. Has densely grayish hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Notes: A one-seeded ovoid fruit with a sharp pointed tip to 8/100 inch.
Seed Notes: To 6/100 inch.

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