3108 - AlpenPix (Wild) - 2011-04-20|
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Locality: USA - Arizona & Nevada - Katherine Landing Campground, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, north of Bullhead City, Arizona.
Photographer: Jane Hendrix
Note: Abronia villosa (Sand Verbena) is a trailing spring annual of the Mojave Desert. As its common name implies, it is most happy in sandy soil. All parts of the plant, except the open blossoms, are glandular-hairy which causes grains of sand to stick to them, as can be seen in this photo. The large, lilac-pink, hemispherical, flowering heads can be as large as 4" across. It is a member of the Four O'Clock Family (Nyctaginaceae). (Sent: Alpineemail@example.com)
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