Red Devil's Claw Proboscidea (sp)

Another weird plant. Devils Claw. 

Proboscidea parviflora is a species of flowering plant in the family Martyniaceae known by the common names doubleclaw and red devil's-claw. It is native to the desert southwest of the United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in sandy, dry, and disturbed habitat and blooms during the hot summer. 

This is an annual herb growing from a taproot and producing sprawling, spreading stems.
The flower is white to pink or purple, sometimes with mottling or lines of spots in the throat, and often a purple blotch on the upper lip.

The fruit is a large seed pod are a few inches long. As the fruit dries the tail cracks open and splits into two hooked, claw-like halves. The young fruits and seeds were used for food and the dark-colored hardened dry fruits were used in basketry local Native Americans. Pods are much sought after by artists.

Seeds found here

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 Here is an awesome set of sculptures made with Devil Claw Pods by "Art from the Heart".

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S said...

Your DEVILS CLAW sculpture is awesome.

S said...

Awesome creatures.