North America species range map for Cooley's Bundleflower, Desmanthus cooleyi:
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U.S. Weed Information: Unknown
U.S. Wetland Indicator: Unknown
U.S. Threatened/Endangered Information: Unknown
U.S. Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: Unknown
Genus Information:15native species in the lower 48 states for Desmanthus. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 29 accepted species names and a further 14 scientific names of infraspecific rank for the genus.
The genus “Desmanthus” is from the Greek words "desmos" which means "bundle" and "anthos" which means "flower"; thus this common name of Bundleflower.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 5 species of genus Desmanthus, California has 0 species, Nevada and Utah each have 2 species, New Mexico has 6 species and Texas has 12 species. Data approximate, subject to revision.
Comments: Bundleflowers of the genus Desmanthus get their name from the Greek derivations of “desmos” meaning “bundle”, and “anthos” meaning “flower”. In Central America Desmanthus species are known as "Donkey Beans" as species of this genus are an excellent food-source for domestic draft (draught) animals (beasts of burden).
Desmanthus cooleyi is very similar in appearance to Calliandra humilis but differentiated by a small crater-like gland between the lowest pinnae of the leaves.
Importance to Wildlife, Birds and Livestock
Desmanthus cooleyi has attractive flowers, the flowers, their seeds and plants may be visited by hummingbirds and/or small mammals including rodents and granivorous birds in search of food, nectar and protection through cover.
Beneficial Value to Butterflies, Honey Bees and Insects
Desmanthus cooleyi has attractive flowers, the flowers and their plants may be visited or used by butterflies, moths, flies, honeybees, native bees and other insects in search of nectar, food or shelter and protection.
The genus “Desmanthus” is from the Greek words “"desmos”" which means “bundle” and “anthos” which means “flower”; thus this common name of Bundleflower.