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Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
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Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)

General: Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) is a perennial forb that grows as a round mat hugging the ground, a form that leads to another common name: cow patty buckwheat. The leafs are short, rounded, and covered with a thick layer of dense, white hairs.

Shockley's Buckwheat is an uncommon component of vegetation communities in dry, well-drained gravelly areas on bajadas into the lower mountains in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone. Around Las Vegas, look for Shockley's Buckwheat along Cold Creek Road and up in Basin and Range National Monument.

Family: Buckwheat (Polygonaceae).

Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat blends into gravel soils along Cold Creek Road
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat blends into gravel soils along Cold Creek Road
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat blends into sandy soils in Basin and Range
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat blends into sandy soils in Basin and Range
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Typical "cow patty" growth form
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Mound of hairy leaves with tiny, reddish flowers
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)
Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi) Shockley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum shockleyi)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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