Desmanthus cooleyi

A somewhat shrubby Acacia-like perennial found in lower-elevation meadows and swales. It is distinguished from Acacia by: 1) lacking the thick, cord-like margin of the fruits of Acacia; 2) having a crater-like gland between the lowest pinnae of the leaves (note, however, that this is absent from the uppermost leaves on occasion, as can be seen below!).

Inflorescences & leaf near Alamosa Creek, just upstream of Monticello Box, 26 Aug 2006.

Leaves & immature fruit, 26 Aug 2006.

Closer view of an inflorescence, 100% crop from the first photograph. Here you can count stamens if you so desire.

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