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Fallugia paradoxa

Fallugia paradoxa (D. Don) Endl. ex Torr.

 

Apache Plume

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyRosaceaeIncludes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others
GenusFallugiaFor Italian botanist Abbot Virgilio Fallugi (Falugi) of Vallombrosa (1627-1707), originally named Filippo Fallugi
SpeciesparadoxaUnusual, paradoxical

About plant names...

Apache plume is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The name is a reference to its unusal fruits, silky plumes that resemble Apache headdresses. It occupies desert woodlands, scrubs, and other arid habitats, between 4000-8000' (1.2-2.4 km).

Plants: Shrubs are up to 6½' (2 m) tall, multiply branched, with gray or whitish peeling bark. Depending upon con­ditions, they may be deciduous or more or less evergreen.

Leaves: Leaves are about ⅜" (1 cm) long, deeply lobed, with the edges rolled under. Dark green leaves are hairy on top, and silvery underneath.

Flowers: Delicate, five-petaled flowers are 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) around. Flower centers contain dozens of yellow stamens. They appear from April to August, depending upon location.

Fruits: Pink, feathery, silky, long-lasting plumes are distinctive. There is a small fruit at the base of each plume.

Online References:

Fallugia paradoxa on Wikipedia

Fallugia paradoxa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Fallugia paradoxa on www.americansouthwest.net

Fallugia paradoxa on aces.nmsu.edu

Fallugia paradoxa on CalPhotos

Fallugia paradoxa on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, Grants, NM
≈ 6 × 4½" (15 × 11 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 6 × 9" (16 × 23 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 5 × 4½" (13 × 12 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Jul 2017.

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Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, Grants, NM
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 4½ × 4½" (12 × 12 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 5 × 7" (13 × 16 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, Grants, NM
≈ 6 × 4" (14 × 10 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

5/22/2009 · Wupatki National Monument, AZ
≈ 18 × 22" (45 × 55 cm)

Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

8/26/2014 · Lava Falls, Malpais National Monument, El Malpais, NM
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm)

Range: Zones 6-10:

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