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Hwy 169 Drainage - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Triodanis perfoliata - clasping Venus' looking-glass

Synonyms: Legousia perfoliata, Specularia perfoliata
Other Common Names: clasping bellwort, common Venus' looking glass, roundleaved triodanis
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Campanulaceae

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Hwy 169 Drainage
Sue Smith
Hwy 169 Drainage
Sue Smith
Hwy 169 Drainage
Sue Smith
Hwy 169 Drainage
Sue Smith
Plant - spring
Hwy 169 Drainage
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Usually has single stem with no branching. Obtains common name from clasping leaves.
Identification notes: Upper and terminal flowers sessile and regular distinguishes this species from other genus of the Campanulaceae (Bellflower) family.
Height: 16 inches


Habitat Description: Found in fields, woods and weedy sites often in poor, dry soils.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5100 - 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bluish-purple     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jun - Jul
Description: Corolla of open flowers up to 1/2 inch across with 5 lobes. Sepals are spreading and narrowly triangular to 5/16 inch long. Flowers solitary to several in axils of leaf-like bracts.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Light green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Over 1 inch in length and sometimes wider.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsule up to 3/8 inch long.
Seed Notes: Seeds are ellipsoid and brown.

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