Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Bundle flower

Red and white flowerhead with numerous pollen-tipped stamens

Bundle flower is a prostrate or weakly ascending herb with spherical white flowerheads. The leaves are bipinnately divided, and the stems are unarmed. Desmanthus cooleyi is found in dry areas in canyons and mesas. It can be difficult to differentiate Desmanthus cooleyi from Calliandra humilis (the dwarf stick pea), especially since Desmanthus cooleyi dries to a pink purple color similar to Calliandra. The fruits are the key—they are much thinner in Desmanthus.

*Description courtesy of Western New Mexico University's Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness.

Pinnate leaves, reddish stem, and buds of the plant
Beanlike seed pods, which dry to a dark brown color
Another flower specimen featuring less red but still possessing abundant stamens and pollen

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