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Aspen Creek Tr - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Houstonia wrightii - pygmy bluet

Synonyms: Hedyotis cervantesii, Hedyotis pygmaea, Hedyotis wrightii
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Rubiaceae

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Mingus Mtn
Aspen Creek Tr
Plant - summer
Mingus Mtn
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Small plant with somewhat woody stems and numerous short, narrow, succulent leaves. White to purplish flowers are tubular with 4 flared petals and are clustered at the end of the stems.
Height: To 8 inches


Habitat Description: Dry rocky slopes, grasslands, mesas and coniferous forests.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5000 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to purplish     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Flowers are tube-shaped with 4 flared petals at top of tube.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are thick, succulent and numerous to 1/2 inch long. Stems are spreading and prostrate.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Stalk of developing seed capsule curves downward.
Seed Notes: Seeds are less than 1/8 inch long.

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