New Mexico Wildflowers: Caper Family

(Capparaceae)

 

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


 Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Peritoma serrulata)

This plant was formerly known as Cleome serrulata, and is listed as such in many guides. For years I knew it simply as beeweed. One photo shows how the individual flower has four petals. The boiled-down sap from this plant may have been used to create the black paint on some Ancestral Puebloan pots.

 

Red-Whisker Clammyweed (Polanisia dodecandra)