WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

Stout, branching, arching stems 20–48 inches tall have broad oval leaves alternating along the stem with bell-shaped, whitish to greenish-yellow flowers dangling on slender stems from the leaf axils. Note the flower stem is abrupt bent or twisted about mid-stem. Favors shady, moist, mountain habitats.


FLOWER: June–August. One (sometimes 2) bell-shaped flower has 6 narrow tepals, 3/8 inch long (1 cm), joined about halfway then spreading open with the tips recurved. The flower peduncle (stem) and pedicel, together 3/4–2 inches long (2–5 cm), join with an abrupt bend or twist at the joint. Fruit is a bright red to yellowish-orange, oval berry, 1/2 inch long (12 mm).


LEAVES: Alternate with clasping base. Blades oval to oblong with 2–6 inches long (5–15 cm), 3/4–2 inches wide (2–5 cm); tips pointed, base with heart-shaped lobes around stem.


HABITAT: Shady, rich, moist soils; dense forests, slopes, seeps, stream sides, marshy areas; mixed conifer, spruce-fir-aspen forests.


ELEVATION: 7,500–11,000 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, ID, MT, NM, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY; Great Lakes, New England.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Fairybells, Prosartes trachycarpa, has 1-2 flowers on straight stems, sessile (stemless) but not clasping leaves, and rounded berries.


NM COUNTIES: Mountains of northern NM in mid- to high-elevation, moist habitats: Colfax, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Taos.

 

CLASPLEAF  TWISTEDSTALK

STREPTOPUS  AMPLEXIFOLIUS

Lily Family, Liliacee

Perennial herb

THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHTED AND CANNOT BE USED

WITHOUT PERMISSION OF GEORGE OXFORD MILLER

HOME          SCIENTIFIC NAME         FAMILY NAME          COMMON NAME       SEARCH YELLOW          SEARCH RED        


SEARCH BLUE            SEARCH WHITE         SEARCH CACTI         SEARCH LEAFLESS         GLOSSARY

EMAIL ME

The flower stem has an abrupt bend or twist about mid-way.

Broad leaves clasp the stem.