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Proboscidea althaeifolia


Desert unicorn-plant


Pedaliaceae (Sesame Family)



Proboscidea althaeifolia (Desert unicorn-plant)
A coarse plant with stems lying on ground and few yellow, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in racemes.

As the plump fruit matures, it divides into halves and its outer, fleshy layer peels off, revealing the hard inner portion of the fruit, the single horn of which splits into two devils claws. There are several species in the Southwest, some with pink or magenta flowers. The dark fibers in the pods are used with fibers of other plants in weaving fine baskets.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
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Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Southern California east to western Texas.
Native Habitat: Sandy soil in deserts and arid grasslands.

Last Update: 2007-01-01