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Mentzelia albicaulis

Mentzelia albicaulis

Mentzelia albicaulis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mentzelia albicaulis. Synonym: Acrolasia albicaulis. (White-Stemmed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Lower Cross Canyon, Utah, April 11, 2017;
McElmo Canyon, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, April 25, 2009; and
Utah near Four Corners, April 17, 2010>

Mentzelia albicaulis grows singly or in showy masses. It grows to just an inch or so high (as in the top photograph at left) or it can grow to a foot tall.

The plant has innumerable and memorable pagosa-shaped hairs that cling like velcro. Try a leaf on your shirt.

 

Mentzelia albicaulis
Mentzelia albicaulis. Synonym: Acrolasia albicaulis. (White-Stemmed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
McElmo Canyon, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, April 18, 2010.

 

 

Mentzelia pterosperma
Mentzelia pterosperma. Synonym Nuttallia pterosperma. (Hard Seed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
East of Aneth, Utah, May 3, 2007.

Mentzelia pterosperma
Mentzelia pterosperma. SynonymNuttallia pterosperma. (Hard Seed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
East of Aneth, Utah, May 3, 2007.

Mentzelia pterosperma
Mentzelia pterosperma. SynonymNuttallia pterosperma. (Hard Seed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
East of Aneth, Utah, May 3, 2007.

Mentzelia pterosperma
Mentzelia pterosperma. SynonymNuttallia pterosperma. (Hard Seed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, March 15, 2011.

Dried, white-to-straw colored plants over-winter and persist into the spring. Surrounding these dried plants, you will find green, basal leaf rosettes which grew from the seeds of the dried plants. The next spring the rosettes will grow and the new plant will flower.

Mentzelia pterosperma
Mentzelia pterosperma. SynonymNuttallia pterosperma. (Hard Seed Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Desert, semi-desert. Openings. Spring.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, March 15, 2011.

 

Mentzelia rusbyi

Mentzelia rusbyi.  Synonym: Nuttallia rusbyi. (Rusby's Mentzelia)
Loasaceae (Loasa Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Openings. Summer.
Carpenter Natural Area, Cortez, June 8, 2014.

Soft early morning light illuminates the myriad of hooked hairs characteristic of Loasaceae.

Look carefully and you will see the Aphids that were abundant on these plants.