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Coconino NF west of FR618 - JK

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Polygala rusbyi - Rusby's milkwort

Other Common Names: Hualapai milkwort, ruby polygala
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Polygalaceae

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Coconino NF west of FR618
Coconino NF west of FR618
Plant - summer
Coconino NF west of FR618
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Relatively stout plant with many leaves having several stems that are woody at the base, wooly towards base with soft spreading hairs. Shrub to subshrub.
Height: 2 - 6 inches


Habitat Description: Desert grassland and juniper woodland.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3200 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Purple, yellow     Shape: Irregular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Jul
Description: Flowers purple with keel petal with stout blunt yellow beak.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or Oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Oblong with soft spreading hairs present.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Broadly ovate and nearly smooth.
Seed Notes: Hairy, 3-lobed.

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