Phemeranthus aurantiacus – Orange Flameflower
Scientific Name: Phemeranthus aurantiacus
Synonyms: Talinum angustissimum, T. aurantiacum, T. polygaloides
Common Names: Orange Flameflower, Orange Fameflower [sic]
Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert, Upland. The narrow-leaved, yellow-flowered form grows in desert areas, while the broader-leaved, orange-flowered form grows at higher elevations in upland areas.
Flower Color: Orange to reddish orange, Yellow
Flowering Season: Summer, Fall (early). This wildflower blooms after the summer monsoon rains have begun.
Height: To 16 inches (41 cm) tall
Description: The flowers are 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide and have 5 yellow or orange petals. The orange petals often have red, flame-like streaks on them. The leaves are dark green, succulent, alternate, and lanceolate or narrowly linear in shape. The stems are fleshy and red-brown in color. The roots are large and tuberous.
Edible – Although woody, the large, tuberous roots are edible if cooked. The roots were used as a food source by the Native Americans.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Portulacaceae – Purslane family
Genus: Phemeranthus Raf.
Species: Phemeranthus aurantiacus (Engelm.) Kiger – orange flameflower
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