Dalea (Dalea pulchra)

Family: Fabaceae

Dalea is a perennial member of the Pea family -- the same leguminous group that host most of our larger Sonoran Desert trees. This small bush sprawls to about 4 feet in height, and is not common on our lands, but occurs in widely scattered locations. These photographs were taken near the edge of a very small wash near the Notch Camp on April 08, 2004. The leaves are pinnate and grayish green (click on map below-right to get a better view), the flowers distinctly pea-like, with purple upper petals, whitish below.

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Below, a view of the whole bush: