Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Soapberry (Sapindaceae) family.
The small, petalless yellow flowers are followed by showy, hop-like seedpods. The seedpods have 3 seeds and 3 or 4 rounded wings. The seedpods are initially green, later becoming yellow-green to greenish cream, and then becoming tinged red or pink before finally drying to a papery brown. The leaves are alternate, narrowly oblanceolate, dark green, and very shiny. Misc: Drainages, canyonsides, and rocky slopes from Upper Sonoran Desert to desert grassland and chaparral; 500-1300 m (1700-4200 ft); (Jan.) Feb-Oct. (-Dec.).
Santa Catalina Mountains
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Location: Around creek below dam.
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