Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Allionia incarnata Linnaeus
By var., see Allred
Allionia incarnata is a prostrate perennial herb which is glandular pubescent. The
flowers (perianth) are pink and notched. The leaves are wedge shaped and crenate. The three flowers of Allionia incarnata in each involucre all flower at the same time and are very close together, giving the illusion of one large completely (radially) symmetric flower. Actually, the three flowers are each individually bilaterally symmetric. The corolla tube expands into a small central lobe, and a larger outer limb with three lobes. The complicated fruit of Allionia incarnata has two incurved wings that are frequently triangular toothed and it has two rows of glands on its concave surface. Allionia incarnata is found in low, dry, rocky areas.
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Allionia incarnata, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Pancho Canyon, May 23, 2007
Allionia incarnata, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., WD Ranch Road, Aug. 12, 2008
Allionia incarnata, inflorescence (three flowers), photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., WD Ranch Road, Aug. 12, 2008
Allionia incarnata, fruit with triangular toothed incurved wings and two rows of glands on concave surface, photo Russ Kleinman, Ridge Road at the Grant County/Silver City airport, September 28, 2009
Allionia incarnata, closeup of three flowers appearing as one, photo Russ Kleinman & Deming Gustafson, Burro Mtns., Engineer Canyon, October 17, 2009
Allionia incarnata, one involucre with three flowers separated, photo Russ Kleinman & Deming Gustafson, Burro Mtns., Engineer Canyon, October 17, 2009
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