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Proboscidea spicata

Proboscidea spicata Correll

Many-flowered Unicorn Plant, New Mexico Unicorn Plant, New Mexico Unicorn-plant, Devil's Claw

Pedaliaceae (Sesame Family)


USDA Symbol: PRSP3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: When dry, fruit splits to display two woody curved claws.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Habitat: Dry, sandy and alluvial soils.

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Proboscidea spicata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Proboscidea spicata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Proboscidea spicata


Record Modified: 2020-09-21
Research By: CBR

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