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Nemacladus tenuis

If we could have a small area in our garden dedicated to Nemacladus, including Nemacladus tenuis, we would! These little wildflowers have A LOT of personality.

Nemacladus tenuis, close up
Nemacladus tenuis, close up

These pictures don’t do it justice, but the Nemacladus rubescens that G took with his 1:1 macro lens does. They have little faces and features inside the flower that are astounding considering how tiny this flower is (at a mere few millimeters).

You can see the scale of the entire plant with my Ollo Clip macro lens from my iPhone5. The Nemacladus glanduliferus is about the same size as well.

Nemacladus tenuis, the plant
Nemacladus tenuis, the plant

All of the Nemacladus flowers that we found were just flowering when we photographed them back in March of 2017. Otherwise, I would’ve collected seeds…

UPDATE! April 2019

We found these Nemacladus tenuis beauties at Joshua Tree National Park. The entire plant is just bushier because of all the rain. And look at ALL the flowers!

Overview of Nemacladus tenuis
Overview of Nemacladus tenuis

 

Side view of Nemacladus tenuis
Side view of Nemacladus tenuis

 

Front view of Nemacladus tenuis
Front view of Nemacladus tenuis (1)

 

Front view of Nemacladus tenuis
Front view of Nemacladus tenuis (2)

 

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Nemacladus glanduliferus

As with all tiny flowers, the Nemacladus glanduliferus was hard to capture on camera, especially with an iPhone camera! The lightest breeze or breath will send it quivering. But it sure is pretty.

It seems that all the flowers in this genus (and by all, I mean the three species we’ve found) share similar qualities in that they have some very interesting features inside the flower. As much as I love my Ollo clip macro lens, it doesn’t quite compare to a real macro lens. Like G’s 1:1 macro lens which he used to capture Nemacladus rubescens.

Nemacladus glanduliferus, close up

This particular plant grew a few feet from another Nemacladus, the Nemacladus tenuis, and in the same general area as the Nemacladus rubescens.

The entire plant is tiny! I didn’t include anything for scale, but if you look at the post for Nemacladus tenuis, you’ll see that I included my Ollo Clip macro lens for the iPhone5.

Nemacladus glanduliferus, the plant
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Karla Karlarificibilitudinitatibus

…If I were to find a new plant species, that’s what I would name it! Of course, this little beauty (and I do mean little) already has a name: Nemacladus rubescens, more ‘commonly’ known as Desert Nemacladus or Desert Threadplant. The Nemacladus rubescens that we found in Box Canyon (Mecca, CA) was about 2.5″ tall and flowers were approximately 1/16″ wide! Such incredible detail for such a tiny, tiny flower. Notice the glass-like sticks (the pistils?). When you tilt the flower up to sunlight, these little “sticks” reflect the light, like facets of a diamond. Incredible!

These tiny flowers are affectionately called “belly flowers,” because you have to get on your belly to see them!

Around the same area (er, Box Canyon), we found two more flowers in the Nemacladus genus: Nemacladus glanduliferus and Nemacladus tenuis.

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Eucrypta? No way, You crypt-huh!

All joking aside, we’re pretty sure this lovliest of lovlies is from the family Eucrypta, but is it Eucrypta micrantha, or Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia? Hopefully, some avid botanist could help us out with this problem…? The detail below has a leaf in it, maybe helpful, maybe not… oh well…

When we first spotted this little guy (or gal), we thought it was one of the gilias that we’d been seeing. It’s leaves are kinda similar and they are all very tiny with pale purple flowers. They also have little hairs along the stem. The little hairs actually remind us of another tiny plant in Maine known as Sundew (Drosera — a carnivorous plant). Of course, this little lovely is far from carnivorous.

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The desert trumpet

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Lesser Yellow Throated Gilia

This is one of my favorite flowers! It’s about 3 mm in diameter and doesn’t open until after 10 am. There are a few flowers in the gilia family. This one is star shaped with petals that slowly transform from a bluish-purple to pink at the tips. The inside of the flower is white, then inside the throat is an unmistakable yellow—hence, yellow-throated. The anthers (or pom-poms as I like to call them), of which there are five, are a light blue. How can something so tiny contain so much color?!

They are everywhere on our hikes, but you have to look for them (because they are so delicate and tiny). That’s another thing, how can something so delicate withstand the heat and not wilt? The desert is a constant source of amazement! Well, many of the ones we find grow in the lee of a rock—those tend to stick around longer and are taller than their counterparts that grow in the open.

Some lesser yellow throated gilia have more pink, some a little more blue, and yet others a little more purple. This one is a gorgeous example of all three colors prominently featured. I particularly love the outline of the petals in that bright pink. Simply stunning!

I wonder how long these little guys and gals will last…

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Little White Desert Flowers

Karla and I are at it again! This time, at the Randall Henderson Trail in the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Today, we’re going for 32 bit HDR… I’m not even sure what that stands for, but WE LOVE IT!!! The image file is HUGE.

We found this delicate little white desert flower along the trail. Thanks to our friend at Friends of the Desert Mountains, we now know this is little flower is Ditaxis lanceolata. It appears that Ditaxis doesn’t have a common name…

Pointed, star-shaped, five-petaled flower with fuzzy silvery, green leaves. It was so bright that the flowers were almost invisible (plus, they’re tiny). It’s amazing that we continue to spot new species of wildflowers every time we go hiking.

Also, on the trail today, we tried our first mammalaria fruits. They were reddish-orange… small… and seedy… but yummy (though Karla asked, are they supposed to be “slightly slimy?”).

Updated on October 22, 2016

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Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum)

After many searches, we finally found it!  Here is an excellent site for Sonoran Desert wildflower identification. Whew!

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Up the Hill