Besseya arizonica Pennell
Family: Plantaginaceae
Arizona coraldrops
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General: Perennial, 10-40 cm tall; stems appearing scapose, mostly solitary, erect, simple, tomentose, becoming sparsely strigose to nearly glabrous; roots fibrous. Leaves: Basal and cauline, alternate, basal blades ovate, 5-15 cm long, 3-7 cm wide, sparsely pilose to nearly glabrous, margin crenate to crenate-undulate, base rounded to cordate, cauline blades similar, but much reduced, margin entire to irregularly crenate; basal blades petiolate, cauline blades sessile to shortly petiolate. Flowers: Inflorescence a cyme, tightly congested, globose to cylindric in outline, mostly 10-30 flowered; peduncle and pedicels glandular-pubescent, the glandular tips yellowish; pedicels 0.5-1.5 mm long; hypanthium top- to cup-shaped; sepals usually 5, deltate-ovate, 0.8-2.5 mm long, green, occasionally purple-tipped; petals usually 5, elliptic, obovate, or oblanceolate, 2-4 mm long, white, apex shallowly notched, base slightly to prominently clawed; filaments filiform to awl-shaped, 0.6-2.6 mm long; flowers April-August. Fruits: Loculicidal capsule, nearly circular, 4-5 mm long, glabrous. Ecology: Moist meadows, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests; 2100-2900 m (7000-9500 ft); Apache and Coconino counties; southwestern U.S. Notes: Besseya plantaginea (White River coraldrops) is distinguished by having wedge-shaped leaf bases; corolla is 5-8 mm long, white to purplish; capsules are 5-6 mm long. It occurs in meadows and on wooded slopes. Plantago spp. are superficially similar to Besseya spp., but the former lack cauline leaves. Editor: Springer et al. 2008
Besseya arizonica image
Max Licher  
Besseya arizonica image
Max Licher  
Besseya arizonica image
Max Licher  
Besseya arizonica image
Besseya arizonica image
Besseya arizonica image
Besseya arizonica image