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Purshia stansburiana

Purshia stansburiana

Purshia stansburiana

Purshia stansburiana (Cliff Rose)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Woodlands, shrublands, openings. Spring.
Above: Hovenweep National Monument, February 9, 2015.
Left: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, September 17, 2010 and August 9, 2016.

After summer growth, Purshia stansburiana may retain its green leaves, may drop some or most leaves, and/or may show leaf color change to shades of red and brown (as in the above photograph).

Feathery growth of the styles atop the seeds will carry seeds on the winds, very commonly depositing them in fluff piles at the base of Purshia stansburiana or in a nearby depression, as shown at left. You can see a number of brown seeds pointing upward out of the feathery fluff.