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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Hoffmannseggia glauca - Indian rushpea

Synonyms: Hoffmannseggia glauca (Ortega) Eifert, Hoffmannseggia densiflora, Hoffmannseggi
Other Common Names: hogpotato, pignut
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A low growing, weak-stemmed plant. It reproduces by seed or underground tubers. This plant has tuberous roots and eventually forms large colonies. Pigs will uproot and eat the tubers.
Height: 4 - 12 inches


Habitat Description: Desert and uplands in areas of bare, disturbed soil.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 1000 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow to reddish-yellow     Shape: Irregular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Sep
Description: The flowers pea-like, up to 1 inch wide and have 5 spoon-shaped, red-spotted, glandular, yellow petals.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves are bipinnately compound with tiny, oval leaflets. The stems are red and glandular.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green turning to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Curved pods like beans.
Seed Notes: Dark reddish-brown seeds that are smooth and egg-shaped, up to 1/8 inch long.

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