Mystery Plant from New Mexico

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Mon Aug 20 10:47:25 EST 2001


Yes, it turns out to be Zygophyllum fabago, a Federal Noxious Weed
introduced from the Mediterranean. 

Monique Reed

Nick Harby wrote:
> 
> Have you figured this one out yet?  My first quick impression is that it
> resembles purslane,  being succulent and growing in the middle of summer.
> Do you think it could be one of the Portulacaceae?  Could anyone tell me
> why it couldn't possibly be one of the Portulacaceae, based on Monique's
> description?
> 
> http://www.keil.ukans.edu/delta/angio/www/portulac.htm
> 
> Monique Reed wrote:
> 
> > Does anyone recognize the plant pictured and described at
> > http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/tfplab/mysteryplant.html  ?  I
> > collected it near Las Cruces New Mexico on July 11, 2001.
> >
> > At the time, I thought it was sterile and distinct enough vegetatively
> > to identify, so didn't collect additional material to keep fresh to
> > key from.
> >
> > Looking at it closely today, though, I note it does have fruit and
> > tiny, perfect flowers.
> >
> > I'm sure it's common as dirt and twice as obvious, but identification
> > eludes me.
> >
> > Monique Reed
> > Texas A&M University




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