Mystery Plant from New Mexico

Cereoid* cereoid at prodigy.net
Mon Aug 20 12:36:55 EST 2001


No Monique, Zygophyllum fabago is in the Zygophyllaceae not the
Portulacaceae.

Monique Reed <monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu> wrote in message
news:3B81310D.F0621E54 at mail.bio.tamu.edu...
> 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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