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Flame Flower (2)
K9madtex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Phemeranthus aurantiacus (Engelm.) Kiger
Flame flower, Orange fameflower, Talinum
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
USDA Symbol: PHAU13
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Orange flameflower is a 4 in., succulent perennial bearing showy, yellow-orange or copper-colored flowers after summer rains. Flowers occur singly in leaf axils; opening in the morning and withering by late afternoon. Leaves are linear and fleshy. Rather stout, erect stems with evenly distributed, narrow, succulent leaves and 1 orange or reddish-orange flower in each upper leaf axil.

Native Americans once cooked the fleshy roots. A very similar species found in the same region is Narrow-leaved Fameflower (T. angustissimum); its petals are paler, generally yellow-orange, and its leaves are less than 1/16" (2 mm) wide.

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K9madtex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Edited by:earthtraveler Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)

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