Harpagonella palmeri A. Gray
Family: Boraginaceae
Palmer's grapplinghook,  more...
[Pectocarya palmeri (A. Gray) Veno]
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Eugene, (Gene) Sturla  
Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969, Kelley and Messick 2014 (Jepson)
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Slender spreading annual herb, 3-15 cm tall; stems disarticulating at the nodes at maturity; herbage thinly strigose-hirsute with slender white hairs. Leaves: Tufted basally and alternate along the stems, attenuate into slender petioles; blades linear to linear-lanceolate, 0.5-2.5 mm wide, 1-3 cm long. Flowers: Inconspicuous and crowded into short, faintly scorpioid spikes in bud, the internodes elongating after anthesis so fruits are distant and mostly axillary, on deflexed pedicels; calyx lobes lance linear, about 1 mm long, at anthesis strigose and reflexed; corolla salverform, barely 2 mm long, white, with a rotate limb about 1.5 mm in diameter. Fruits: Burlike capsules 2 mm long, strigose, bearing hooked spines 1-2 mm long, on upper two-thirds; containing 2 nutlets, each about 1 mm long. Ecology: Found in gravelly or sandy soils below 3,500 ft (1067 m); flowers March-April. Distribution: s AZ, s CA; south to n MEX. Notes: Often found in the creosote bush shrublands and under mesquite. Similar in appearance to Pectocarya but it has appressed-pubescent herbage to distinguish it. Ethnobotany: Unknown Etymology: Harpagonella is a diminutive form of harpago, meaning a small grappling hook, a reference to the calyx spines, while palmeri is named for Edward Palmer (1829-1911) who was a botanist who explored the southwestern US and northern Mexico. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley 2010, AHazelton 2015
Harpagonella palmeri image
Eugene, (Gene) Sturla  
Harpagonella palmeri image
Eugene, (Gene) Sturla  
Harpagonella palmeri image
Eugene, (Gene) Sturla  
Harpagonella palmeri image
Eugene, (Gene) Sturla  
Harpagonella palmeri image
Eugene, (Gene) Sturla  
Harpagonella palmeri image
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