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Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora var. parviflora

Proboscidea parviflora (Woot.) Woot. & Standl. ssp. parviflora var. parviflora

Doubleclaw, Devil's Claw, Unicorn Plant

Pedaliaceae (Sesame Family)

Synonym(s): Martynia parviflora, Proboscidea crassibracteata, Proboscidea parviflora ssp. gracillima


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Accepted name for this taxon under ICN rules is Proboscidea parviflora var. parviflora.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall by 3 feet across. With sufficient moisture may reach 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Seeds are black. Mature fruit, when split open, displays two long thin horns or claws. Claws on var. parviflora are shorter and thicker than those on var. hohokamlana.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Habitat: Disturbed soil of arroyos, pastures, roadsides, washes, gravelly flats, rocky slopes.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora var. parviflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora var. parviflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora var. parviflora


Record Modified: 2021-04-16
Research By: CBR

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