PAPERFLOWER (Psilostrophe cooperi)

Like Brittlebush, Paperflower when blooming presents a strikinghemisphere of color, but its leaves are less prominent. The flowers may appear at various times of the year, and they persist for some time, gradually fading from their bright, pure yellow color and become more and more papery in texture. Below left, a field of them blooming along the flanks of the Pool Wash ridge road in May 2004; below right, a closer view of the flowers, these blooming in August of 2003 in the West Wash of Lower Hot Springs Canyon. (Click on each image to enlarge it.)


Below, this plant, blooming on April 22, 2005, shows perhaps the best view of the internal architecture of this plant (Click on the image for a closer view of leaves and flowers.)