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Saturday - September 15, 2007

From: Santa Fe, NM
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification request
Answered by: Nan Hampton


I took a trip to Arizona in 9/06. While out walking through public land I encountered a beautiful plant with very distinctive leaves, color of woody stems and flowers. I have scoured the USDA plant gallery plus other online resources in an attempt to identify it and was unsuccessful. Do you know of a person/department/organization I could contact to help me identify it? I have some excellent photographs of the plant and flowers. Thanks so much!


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