Click image below for high resolution macro image. Then click 'Close' in lower right corner to return. Skeletonweed Flower Click image below for high resolution macro image. Then click 'Close' in lower right corner to return. Skeletonweed Stem Skeletonweed Stem Skeletonweed Stem Sabino Canyon 3/29/17 Skeletonweed Leaves Skeletonweed Plant


Wildflowers of Southern Arizona


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Skeletonweed.
Eriogonum deflexum.
Buckwheat (Polygonaceae) family.

Herbs, erect to spreading, annual, (0.5-)1-10(-20) dm, glabrous, occasionally glaucous, greenish to grayish. Stems: caudex absent; aerial flowering stems erect, solid or occasionally hollow and fistulose, 0.3-3(-4) dm, glabrous, occasionally glaucous. Leaves basal; petiole 1-7 cm, usually floccose; blade cordate to reniform or nearly orbiculate, 1-2.5(-4) × 2-4(-5) cm, densely white-tomentose abaxially, less so to floccose or subglabrous and grayish to greenish adaxially, margins entire. Inflorescences cymose, open to diffuse, flat-topped, spreading, hemispheric or narrowly erect and strict with whiplike branches, 10-90(-180) × 5-50 cm; branches glabrous, occasionally glaucous; bracts 3, scalelike, 1-3 × 0.5-1.5 mm. Peduncles absent or deflexed, rarely some ± erect distally, straight, slender to stout, 0.1-1.5 cm, glabrous. Involucres narrowly turbinate to turbinate, 1.5-2.5(-3) × 1-2.5 mm, glabrous; teeth 5, erect, (0.2-)0.5-1 mm. Flowers 1-2.5 mm; perianth white to pink, with greenish to reddish midribs, becoming pinkish to reddish, glabrous; tepals dimorphic, those of outer whorl oblong or cordate to ovate, those of inner whorl lanceolate to narrowly ovate; stamens included, 1-1.5 mm; filaments glabrous or sparsely pilose proximally. Achenes brown to dark brown, 3-gonous, (1.5-)2-3 mm, glabrous.

Santa Catalina Mountains.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Location: Beside dirt trail to Bear Canyon .2mi from Visitor Center.
11/17/15

Notes: Shoulder of Tram Road just beyond Bluff Trail entrance 3/29/17.

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