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I need help id'ing this plant...

Post by writelots » Mar 12 2009 2:58 pm

Any ideas? Found it up near Page at the Horseshoe Bend overlook. Only thing in bloom - pretty sure I've never seen this before (at least not in bloom). No visible leaves on plant - just succulent stems like a ephedra or koeberlinia... But these crazy purple flowers? Wow! Any ideas???
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Re: I need help id'ing this plant...

Post by joebartels » Mar 12 2009 3:49 pm

Rob just added that one to the database a couple days ago
http://hikearizona.com/dexcoder.php?dex=1&PID=909
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Post by writelots » Mar 12 2009 5:13 pm

Perfect!
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Re: I need help id'ing this plant...

Post by keep hiking » Apr 10 2010 7:15 am

hi- new to the board-
havent introduced myself but im a plant savy hiker--

that is Thamnosma montana
- The common name is Turpetine broom-
its very aromatic
http://www.arizonensis.org/sonoran/fiel ... ntana.html

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Post by azbackpackr » Apr 10 2010 7:30 am

OK, but why does it look so much like Ephedra (Mormon Tea) in those photos?
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Post by keep hiking » Apr 10 2010 7:57 am

they do look similar- convergent evolution to living in that habitat?
remember that ephedra is a gymnosperm( nonflowering) and thamnosma is a angiosperm- (flowering)- see the pretty purple flowers
http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=THMO

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Post by azbackpackr » Apr 10 2010 8:04 am

Ok, thanks--just wondering!
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Post by Al_HikesAZ » Apr 10 2010 9:34 am

keep hiking wrote:hi- new to the board-
havent introduced myself but im a plant savy hiker--
Welcome aboard. Your skills will be appreciated. Any help you can lend on the unidentified flora will be very helpful. Anybody that can explain convergent evolution gets a round of applause : app :
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