Composite Family

Ayenia filiformis S. Watson

Trans-pecos ayenia

The petals of this plant are hard to recognize as petals with their extremely long and threadlike claws and with their apices adnate to the staminal column. A plant (not in New Mexico) of notable economic importance in the family STERCULIACEAE is Theobroma cacao from which chocolate is derived.

Copper Kettle Canyon, south end of the Florida Mountains     15 September 2006