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Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
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Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)

General: Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii), sometimes called "brain plant," is a rounded shrub that is fairly common on rocky limestone outcrops. The branches are dense, stiff, and green when growing, otherwise they are stiff and brown. The shape of the plant often looks like a mammalian brain. There are two varieties of Heermann's Buckwheat aroud Las Vegas: Eriogonum heermannii var. sulcatum with angular stems, and Eriogonum heermannii var. argense with smooth stems.

Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) is a common component of vegetation communities in dry, well-drained gravelly and rocky areas on bajadas into the lower mountains in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) life zone.

Family: Buckwheat (Polygonaceae)

Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii) Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat (Eriogonum heermannii)
Heermann's Buckwheat flowers
Eriogonum heermannii
Bonsai Heermann's Buckwheat in rocks on edge of wash

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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