Abert's buckwheat
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In Sonoran Desert habitat, within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Eriogonum
Species:
E. abertianum
Binomial name
Eriogonum abertianum

Eriogonum abertianum, with the common names Abert's buckwheat and Abert wild buckwheat, is a species of buckwheats in the family Polygonaceae.[1]

Distribution

This annual herb is native to: Northern Mexico in Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, and San Luis Potosí states; and the Southwestern United States within Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.[1][2]

It grows from 400–2,500 metres (1,300–8,200 ft) in elevation. Habitats it is found in include the Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert.[3]: 65 

Description

Eriogonum abertianum grows from 1–3 feet (0.30–0.91 m) in height and width.[1][2]

Its leaves are tomentose, and greenish, tawny, or reddish on both surfaces (1-4 × 1-3 cm).[2]

The 3–4.5 mm flowers are white, pink, or yellow.[2] It bloom period is year round.[1]

Pollinator plant

This species is a food source for adult Crescent Metalmark butterflies (Apodemia phyciodoides).[1] It is also of special value to native bees.[1]

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