WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

In early spring, these ephemeral flowers with enlarged tubular roots send up several 4–12 inch tall bloom stalks through a dense rosette of basal leaves. After blooming the stalk elongates and forms a cylindrical, woolly seed head that ripens into a mass of fuzzy seeds that wafted to the breeze. Note the hairless basal leaves are divided into leaflets, and the white to pink petal-like sepals surround a cone with many stamens. Also called Tuber Anemone.


FLOWER: March–April. Stems produce a solitary flower or a cluster with 2–5. Flowers 1 1/2 inches wide with 8–10 white to pink, spreading, petal-like sepals; cone-shaped center has 50–60 stamens and many ovaries. In seed, the flower stalk elongates to 4–15 inches tall (10–40 cm) to get the fluffy seeds into the breeze.


LEAVES: Basal; 1–5 compound leaves on petioles 2–2 3/4 inches long (5–7 cm); blade 5/8–1 3/8 inches wide (1.5-3.5 cm ) with 3 leaflets, each divided into 3 lobes with pointed teeth; surfaces hairless or nearly so. Involucral bracts in a whorl on lower stem (not mid-stem) are similar to leaves.


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly, rocky soils; along drainages, slopes, foothills, limestone outcrops; desert grasslands and scrub, desert uplands, pinyon-juniper woodlands.


ELEVATION: 3,000–6,000 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX, UT; Mexico.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Five Anemone species in NM: This is the only Anemone within its range and arid  habitat in southern NM.  Candle Anemone, A. cylindrica, in mid-elevation, moist habitats north to south through NM mountains, has silky-hairy basal leaves with 3 leaflets, and leaf-like involucral bracts whorled at mid stem.


NM COUNTIES: Southern NM in low- to mid-elevation arid habitats: Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra.

DESERT  ANEMONE

ANEMONE  TUBEROSA

Ranunculaceae

Herbaceous perennial

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Basal leaves are divided into leaflets with 3 lobes with pointed teeth (arrow).

Woolly seed heads on elongated stems produce a mass of fuzzy seeds for windblown dispersal.