Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Orthocarpus purpureo-albus Gray ex S. Watson
(Purple Owl's Clover)

Family: Orobanchaceae, formerly Scrophulariaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Orthocarpus purpureo-albus is a middle elevation herb with a single stem at the base, then dividing higher up. It lives in middle elevation meadows and moist fields and seems to prefer Artemisia as a host, as do plants in the genus Orobanche here. The flowers are a combination of purple and white. The leaves are either entire or three fingered with linear segments.
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Orthocarpus purpureo-albus, photo Russ Kleinman, Mimbres Valley 3 miles south of Lake Roberts, August 5, 2010



Orthocarpus purpureo-albus, closeup, photo Russ Kleinman, Mimbres Valley 3 miles south of Lake Roberts, August 5, 2010



Orthocarpus purpureo-albus, flowers, photo Russ Kleinman, Mimbres Valley 3 miles south of Lake Roberts, August 5, 2010


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