Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Plantain (Plantaginaceae) family.
Plant: Annual herb; to 34.5 cm tall. Leaves: petiolate; blades lanceolate, 2.5-10 cm long, 0.8-2.7 cm wide, attenuate at base, acute at apex, sparsely villous, distincly 3-veined, sometimes with 2-4 widely-spaced teeth. INFLORESCENCE: pedunculate, scapose. PEDUNCLES 1-20 cm long. SPIKES 1.5-17 cm long, sparsely to densely villous; bracts subulate to narrowly or broadly triangular, 2-4.8 mm long, narrowly scarious-margined at base, ciliate. Flowers: more or less dioecious; sepals ovate, 2.5-3 mm long, broadly scarious-margined, acuminate at apex, obtuse to subacute at base, hirsute only on midrib; corolla lobes erect, enclosing the capsule (sometimes spreading in staminate flowers), lanceolate, 2-3 mm long; stamens 4. Fruit: capsules, breaking at middle. SEEDS 2, ellipsoid, 0.9-3.0 mm long, 0.8-1.6 mm wide, light brown, the inner surface deeply concave, the outer surface furrowed. Misc: Disturbed areas; 450-1300 m (1500-4200 ft.); Mar-Jul.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Location: On Arizona Trail 1/3 mile beyond campground.
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