WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

This hairy, low-growing perennial averages 2–8-inches tall with numerous branches that spread from a tap-rooted base and silky-hairy spikes of small, yellow, pea-like flowers. Note the sprawling branches, hairy, compound leaves, and small yellow flowers.


FLOWERS: Spring, summer. Densely hairy spikes, 3/8–1 1/4-inch long (1–3 cm), at the tip of a sprawling, upturned stem, several yellow, pea-like flowers bloom at a time from the bottom up; 5 petals with 1 upper banner, 2 side wings, 2 united into the keel; fruit is a hairy pod.


LEAVES: Alternate, odd-pinnately compound. Blade with with 5–7(9) oval leaflets 1/4–5/8-inch (5–15 mm) long, hairy on both sides, creased down the middle, without glands.


HABITAT: Gravelly, sandy-loam soils; desert grasslands and scrub, pinyon-juniper woodlands.


ELEVATION: 3,400–6,000 feet


RANGE: AZ, CO, KS, NM, OK, TX.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Golden Dalea, D. aurea, in eastern plains, grows upright 1–2 1/2 feet tall and the underside of leaves are minutely glandular dotted. James Prairie-Clover, D. jamesii, widespread in NM, has palmate leaves with 3 leaflets. Wright’s Prairie-Clover, D. wrightii, in the southern half of NM, has 4-inch tall, densely silky, leafy stems and leaves with 5–7 leaflets with pointed tips. The prostrate Downy Prairie-Clover, D. neomexicana, in southern NM, has 7–11 oval, densely-hairy leaflets with slightly scallop-toothed margins.


NM COUNTIES: Widespread at low- to mid-elevations except cent. mountains: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Los Alamos, Luna, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Union, Valencia.

DWARF  PRAIRIE-CLOVER

DALEA  NANA

Fabaceae, Legume Family

Perennial herb

THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHTED AND CANNOT BE USED

WITHOUT PERMISSION OF GEORGE OXFORD MILLER

Range Map for

Dalea nana

1.  Banner petal (upper arrow).

  1. 2.Two wing petals (middle arrow).

  2. 3.Two united keel petals (lower arrow).

HOME          SCIENTIFIC NAME          FAMILY NAME           SEARCH YELLOW          SEARCH RED          SEARCH BLUE


SEARCH WHITE         SEARCH CACTI         SEARCH LEAFLESS         GLOSSARY

EMAIL ME