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Ayenia compacta
Ayenia compacta
California Ayenia
Photographer: Aaron Schusteff

ID: 0000 0000 0404 0150 (2004-04-11)

Copyright © 2004 Aaron Schusteff

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  • date of photo  Mar 27, 2004
  • latitude 33.28798   longitude -116.44100   max error distance 2145 meters     View on Google Maps.
  • horizontal datum World Geodetic System 1984
  • georeferencing source GEOLocate
  • location   Borrego Palm Canyon (San Diego County, California, US)
  • family Malvaceae
  • plant community   Rocky slopes above wash.
  • notes   This small shrub has a delightfully unique (but tiny) flower which is a joy to study with a hand lens. The 'parachute-like' corolla is composed of 5 very narrowly-clawed petals whose triangularly-flared blades are connivent along their edges. Each petal blade has a small thin red appendage on top. The apex of each petal blade lies above one of five anthers that are equally-spaced along the flared rim of a central axial stalk emanating from the base of the flower (called the androgynophore).

    It is easier to find this plant by looking for its bright red fruit. The fruit is shallowly 5-lobed, scabrous in texture, and more conspicuous than the tiny delicate flowers.

    Postscript: More info, discussion, & detailed reference links appear in the notes under this later CalPhotos post.

  • camera   Shot at f5, 1/50 of a sec on a Canon D60 with Canon 50mm Compact Macro lens.
  • photo category: Plant - shrub

  • common names   California Ayenia, Compact Ayenia (ITIS )
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    Using this photo   The thumbnail photo (128x192 pixels) on this page may be freely used for personal or academic purposes without prior permission under the Fair Use provisions of US copyright law as long as the photo is clearly credited with © 2004 Aaron Schusteff. For other uses, or if you have questions, contact Aaron Schusteff arbonius2[AT] (Replace the [AT] with the @ symbol before sending an email.)


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