Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

Tetraclea coulteri Gray var. coulteri
(Coulter's Wrinkle Fruit)

Family: Verbenaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Tetraclea coulteri var. coulteri is found in rocky dry sand in flat plains. It has cream or salmon colored flowers that become more deeply reddened as they dry. This perennial herb is erect but only 20-30cm tall. The flowers are axillary and have a long floral tube. The leaves are grayish green and the upper ones are toothed while the lower ones are entire.
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Tetraclea coulteri var. coulteri, photo Russ Kleinman, Ridge Road at the Grant County/Silver City airport, September 12, 2009



Tetraclea coulteri var. coulteri, closeup of axillary nature of flowers, photo Russ Kleinman, Ridge Road at the Grant County/Silver City airport, September 12, 2009



Tetraclea coulteri var. coulteri, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Ridge Road at the Grant County/Silver City airport, September 12, 2009



Tetraclea coulteri var. coulteri, closeup of calxy and corolla tube, photo Russ Kleinman, Ridge Road at the Grant County/Silver City airport, September 12, 2009


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