Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Stonecrop (Crassulaceae) family.
Duration: Annual. Nativity: Native. Lifeform: Succulent. General: Erect herb, simple to bushy branching 2-6 cm high, in age red. Leaves: Ovate to oblong, obtuse to acute or apiculate, 1-3 mm long, 0.5-1.5 mm wide. Flowers: Mostly crowded, 1-2 per node, 0.5-1.5 mm long, on pedicels 0-6 mm long, sepals triangular-lanceolate, acute to aristate; petals longer to shorter, narrowly triangular, acute to attenuate. Fruits: Follicles 1-2 seeded, ovoid, tapering to subterminal style. Ecology: Found locally abundant in sandy and gravelly soil of washes or small depressions, on hillsides or flats from 1,000-4,500 ft (305-1372 m); flowers January-May. Distribution: OR to AZ and Baja Calif, MEX; Chile. Notes: It is distinct as it ages red, the little delicate flowers is often only discovered when you get down on the ground and look carefully. . Etymology: Crassula is from the Latin crassus, thick, while connata means connate or together.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Location: Beside trail near Sabino Creek dam.
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