WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

Low, spreading woody stems, usually forming mats to 2 feet wide and 8 inches high, are densely covered with small elliptical, gray-woolly leaves. Note the small pink to white flowers nestled in the leaf axils.


FLOWER: March–September. Solitary pink, lavender, to white flowers bloom in axils of leaves; flowers funnel-shaped, 1/4-inch long (5–6 mm) with 5 rounded, spreading lobes, each 1/8-inch wide (2.5–4.5 mm); stamens and style inside throat.


LEAVES: Alternate, usually thickly clustered on stems. Blade oval to elliptic, 3/16–1/2-inch long (5–13 mm), tips pointed, surfaces densely covered with gray-white, woolly hairs.


HABITAT: Rocky, sandy, limestone soils, desert hills, slopes, ridges, roadsides; desert grasslands and scrub.


ELEVATION: 3,000–5,500 feet (one record 8,100 ft. in Sacramento Mts.).


RANGE: AZ, CA, NM, TX.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Plume Crinklemat, T. greggii, in Dona Ana, Eddy, and Otero cos., has elliptical, densely-woolly, grayish leaves and feathery, plume-like seed heads (see photo). Hairy Crinklemat, T. hispidissima, in much the same range, has narrow, hairless leaves with scattered bristles. The gray-green, mat-forming Woolly Tidestromia, Tidestromia lanuginosa, in much the same range, has fleshy stems, hairy leaves, and tiny, yellow flowers.


NM COUNTIES: The southern  half of NM in low-elevation, arid habitats: Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia.

 

WOODY CRINKLEMAT

TIQUILIA CANESCENS

Borage Family, Boraginaceae

Perennial subshrub

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SIMILAR SPECIES

Plume Crinklemat, T. gregii, has densely-woolly, elliptical leaves and feathery, plume-like seed heads.

Hairy Crinklemat, T. hispidissima, has narrow, hairless leaves with scattered bristles.

Leaves are densely packed on stems and covered with woolly  hairs.

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