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rangercranks
Feb 21, 2017 10:16 AM CST
We saw this plant at Valley of Fire State park just north of Las Vegas, and I've seen it in Grand Staircase Escalante Nat'l Monument near Bryce Canyon NP in Utah as well. It grows in very sandy soil, has a woody stem, and rough (but not succulent) leaves. Can any one help me identify it? I've had no luck with the Falcon Guide to Mojave desert wildflowers.
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Did you notice any thorns? I wonder if it could be a variety of Atriplex (Shadescale)?
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Metrosideros
Feb 21, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Could you show a clear shot of the flowers / seeds?
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mcvansoest
Feb 21, 2017 5:35 PM CST
I think it might be Mortonia utahensis (or possibly some other Mortonia), but leaf shape and how they are carried seem to match your picture.
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DaisyI
Feb 21, 2017 5:39 PM CST
It reminds me of the Spurge (Euphorbia) that grows in the north part of the state.

Edited to agree: I think Mortonia utahensis may be right.
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dirtdorphins
Feb 21, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Yes! Mortonia
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porkpal
Feb 21, 2017 6:24 PM CST
What a cool plant!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2017 6:42 PM CST
mcvansoest said:I think it might be Mortonia utahensis (or possibly some other Mortonia), but leaf shape and how they are carried seem to match your picture.

Thumbs up I think you nailed it ... sure looks like Mortonia!


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rangercranks
Feb 22, 2017 1:05 AM CST
Hey mcvansoest - THANK YOU! I googled mortonia and actually found a photo of the same plant I posted in my question. I appreciate the help, everyone!

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