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Willow Lake Tr - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Mentzelia multiflora - Adonis blazingstar

Synonyms: Bartonia multiflora, Nuttallia multiflora
Other Common Names: Adonis stickleaf, desert stickleaf
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Loasaceae

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Willow Lake Tr
Willow Lake Tr
Plant - summer
Willow Lake Tr
Leaves and stem
Willow Lake Tr
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Bright yellow flowers are loosely clustered at the top of white, upright, branched stems. The green leaves are lobed and have hooked hairs on their lower surface which cause them to stick to clothing, thus the common name stickleaf.
Height: To 2-1/2 feet


Habitat Description: Desert, upland, mountain in full sun.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 100 - 7500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bright yellow     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Oct
Description: The bright yellow flowers have 5 round-tipped petals and 5 staminodes that are petal-like and many stamens. They are 2 inches across. The flowers open later in the afternoon and close in the morning.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Green leaves are long and narrow and deeply lobed. The lower surface of the leaves has hooked hairs which cause them to stick to clothing.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Seed Notes: Small, broadly winged seeds are densely covered with minute rounded projections.

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