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Devil's Claw (Proboscidea parviflora)

devil's claw seed podDESCRIPTION: Annual sprawling to 3'. Flowers (1.5" long, 3/4"wide) tubular, pinkish to purple with striped, yellow throat. Flowers have 5 petal lobes. Fruit (pictured) grows to 12" including the two long, curved prongs. Leaves simple, smooth-edged to slightly lobed, triangular, hairy and sticky, to 7" long. Martyniaceae (Unicorn Plant) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Flowers bloom April to October. The prongs on the fruit grab passing animals as a way of dispersing its seeds. The dried pods are used in basket-making.

 

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