warty caltrop

Kallstroemia parviflora

The Kallstroemia Parviflora is more commonly known as the Warty Caltrop or Carpetweed. It thrives in a dry soil habitat, like semi-deserts. 8

by Shianne (age 13) and Cole (age 13) from Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

Kallstroemia parviflora, also called small-flowered carpetweed or warty caltrop, is found in the United States, and extends as far south as Central America. From east to west, it can be found from Illinois to Arizona. It is an orange or yellow small-flowered annual, with zygomorphic flowers consistent with the Zygophyllaceae, or creosote-bush family, to which it belongs. Leaves are compound and are 3–6 cm, with 4 pairs leaflets. The stem is pubescent and 30–60 cm.

The Kallstroemia Parviflora is more commonly known as the Warty Caltrop or Carpetweed. The Warty Caltrop is most commonly found in the Southwestern parts of the United States. It’s found in states that are dry such as New Mexico and Texas. It is common in these places because it thrives in a dry soil habitat, like semi-deserts. The Warty Caltrop grows during the fall and summer in small patches. When it grows it can be anywhere from three to six feet tall. The Kallstroemia Parviflora plant type is a herb and it belongs to the plant kingdom Plantae.
The Kallstroemia Parviflora was first discovered by E. Wilkinson in the year 1897 it was later given its formal name by J.B Norton, the following year. This plant has a elliptic shape which is commonly known as a flat oval. It has flowers that have five golden yellow petals, also the sepals are green, furry and leaflike. The stem is most often hairy but stiff and reclining. The stem of the Warty Caltrop grows up from 30-60cm. The seeds are important to dove and quail food.
In Conclusion the Kallstroemia Parviflora is a common plant to see in the desert southwest. It is native to Dry and hot habitats. It has a small circular figure with a bending but stiff stem. According to this junior botanist I’m inferring that the Kallstroemia Parviflora is a weed. In my opinion I conclude that this plant is classified as a weed because a few of the traits are similar to weeds.

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  1. (c) Richard Reynolds, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/670982
  2. (c) Steve Jones, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/4759352
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  8. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallstroemia_parviflora

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iNat Map

Flower yellow
Shape elliptical
Habitat dry soil