Marina parryi, Parry's False Prairie-clover
Scientific Name: Marina parryi
Common Name: Parry's False Prairie-clover
Also Called: Parry Dalea and Parry's Indigobush
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae Family
Synonyms: (Dalea parryi, Parosela parryi)
Size: Up to 2.5 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb or subshrub; xerophytic stems erect or spreading, stems stiff, branching, woody.
Leaves: Green; pinnately compound, strigose, gland dotted, leaflets 13 to 33, (oval to round) oblong obovate to orbicular, not folded, petiolate.
Flower Color: Purple or deep blue, either bicolored with white; flowering inflorescence a raceme up to 4 inches or more long from axils, flowers small but showy; fruit is a legume with a single seed.
Flowering Season: March to June, blooms from February to June in California.
Elevation: 4,000 feet or lower, lower elevations (under 2,500 feet) in California.
Habitat Preferences: Common on low deserts in washes, stony slopes and roadsides.
Recorded Range: Relatively rare in the United States where Marina parryi is native to Arizona, California and Nevada. In Arizona it ocurrs in the central, southeast and western parts of the state; in California and Nevada it is found in the southeast parts of the states. It is also native along Baja California and northwest Mexico.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
Comments: Common in low-desert washes in Arizona, California and Nevada.