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Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
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Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)

General: Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi) is an upright shrub growing to about 5-feet tall with stiff stems and small, triangular leaves. The stems and leaves are covered with short, stiff hairs giving the plant a rough feel (somewhat like sandpaper). The flowers are white; petals are fused at the base; stamens very long.

Thurber's Sandpaper Plant is a common component of vegetation communities in sandy soils in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone.

Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Stiff, triangular leaves

Family: Loasa (Loasaceae).

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Plant Form: Upright shrub.

Height: To about 5 feet.

Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Stiff hairs

Bark: White.

Stems: Upright, spreading, stiff.

Leaves: Triangular; surface rough with stiff hairs (feels like sandpaper or velcro).

Flowers: Inflorescence: terminal raceme. Flowers: cream; petals about 1/2 inch long, fused at the base; stamens extent well beyond petals.

Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
White flowers with very long stamens

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Habitat: Sandy and gravelly soils in washes, bajadas, and canyons.

Elevation: To about 4,000 feet.

Distribution: California, Nevada, and Arizona.

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Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant in Gold Butte National Monument
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Rough, triangular leaves
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi) Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi) Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi) Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Rough hairs
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi)
Stamens very long
Thurber's Sandpaper Plant (Petalonyx thurberi) more to come ...

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