Apache Pume - Fallugia paradoxa

(Spanish: Ponil)

Family: (Rosaceae) Native

In front of Visior Center (N35D33'01.260 X W105D41'09.420)

Flowers first observed: 5/8/17

The Plants w/Flowers

The Flower



"c CA, s NV, s UT, AZ, CO, NM, s TX, s OK; south to n MEX." (SEINet)


"Shrubs to 2 m tall, sometimes evergreen and sometimes deciduous, bark exfoliating in flakes, stems much-branched, the slender branchlets with gray to white wool. Leaves: Usually winter-deciduous, 6-8 mm long, in fascicles; pinnately divided into 3-7 narrowly oblong lobes; dark green above, rusty to white woolly beneath, with revolute margins. Flowers: White and showy, usually unisexual, in loose clusters of 1-3 at the end of elongate, nearly leafless stalks; flowers 3 cm in diameter; 5 calyx lobes alternating with narrower bractlets; 5 white petals, rounded to obovate and rotate; numerous yellow stamens and many carpels; female flowers have sterile anthers and male flowers have sterile ovaries; hypanthium persists after the dispersal of fruits; receptacle flat. Fruits: Many obovoid-fusiform achenes, each with a style that is modified into a pink or purplish feathery, twisted, and villous plume, to 3 cm long."

"Distinguished by its spreading-shrubby habit, often forming thickets in flats and washes; the lobed leaves which are much thinner and less resinous and fragrant than Purshia; and the showy white flowers followed by many fruits with long, pink-purple plumose tails." (SEINet)

Ethnobotanical Uses

Other Uses:

"Used ceremonially, as a shampoo, in basketry, as rough brooms, in cradleboard and bed construction, and in arrows." (SEINet)

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