Tidestromia lanuginosa

Common Name: Wooly Tidestromia
Oˊodham Name: [unknown]
Group: Forbs - Desert (upland)

Tidestromia lanuginosa appears soon after the first heavy Monsoon rains, quickly forming mats that can cover large expanses of previously barren ground. The wooly leaves have a dense covering of white hairs. The red stems also are covered with fine white hairs. Tiny yellow flowers are formed in the leaf axils and are quite inconspicuous, measuring only a few mm wide. The small, shallow root system enables rapid growth to flowering size. It grows in sandy soils at 2500 to 4000 feet elevation.

Tidestromia lanuginosa
Tidestromia lanuginosa
Tidestromia lanuginosa
flower and hairs

Kingdom Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Amaranthaceae - Amaranth family
Genus Tidestromia Standl. - honeysweet
Species Tidestromia lanuginosa (Nutt.) Standl. - woolly tidestromia
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