WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Wetland plant spreading by rhizomes, often forming a solid groundcover with a dense mat of leathery basal leaves. Note the 6–20-inch tall, leafy flower stems have 5 large, white, petal-like bracts below a spike crowded with smaller white bracts, so the combination resembles a single flower.


FLOWER: March–September. Five showy, petal-like bracts sit below a conical spike packed with up up to 100 small flowers, each with small, white bracts 1/8–1/4-inch long (4–6 mm).


LEAVES: Basal and alternate on stem. Basal leaves with a stem (petiole) to 15-inches long (40 cm); blades elliptic to oblong, to 10-inches long (25 cm). Stem leaves clasping, oval, to 8-inches long (20 cm); secondary leaves with a petiole to 4 3/4-inches long (12 cm) and elliptic to oblong blades to 8-inches long (20 cm).


HABITAT: Moist soils of valleys, seeps, bogs, riparian and irrigated areas.

ELEVATION: 4,500–7,500 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, CO, KA, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT.


SIMILAR SPECIES: The wetland habitat and flower spike distinguish this species. Anemone species, in similar moist habitats, have clusters of long, showy stamens.


NM COUNTIES: Statewide, except eastern prairie counties, in mid-elevation, wet habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Dona Ana, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Luna, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Socorro, Valencia.

YERBA  MANSA

ANEMOPSIS  CALIFORNICA

Saururaceae, Lizard-tail Family

Perennial herb

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