Devil's Claw
Proboscidea parviflora, Unicorn Plant family (Martyniacae)
Flowers:Tubular, purplish flowers (to 1 1/2" long) with yellow center, followed by a very distinctive fleshy curved fruit which splits to reveal a woody shell with sharp claw-like tips.
Leaves:Dark green, sticky, heart-shaped leaves (to 7" long).
Height:Low growing, stems may reach 3' long.
Photographed May 1, in the Superstition Mountain area.
Typically found on mesas, plains, by roadsides and in other disturbed areas.