Proboscidea louisiana devil’s claw; unicorn plant Pedaliaceae PRLO*; Q; R;


Proboscidea louisiana.Robin R. Buckallew @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Proboscidea louisiana.© Robin R. Buckallew @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database. (Accessed 4/2014).

Proboscidea louisiana is an annual herb, 10-60 cm tall, densely hairy, slightly sticky, larger plants freely branched, sometimes to 2 m wide. 

Leaves opposite below, alternate above, rounded to kidney-shaped to 25 cm long and wide. 

Flowers dull white to purplish, or spotted with yellow and purple, bilaterally symmetrical, tubular, 3.5-5.5 cm long and wide, blooming June-Sept. (Hough 1983). 

Proboscidea louisiana.Patrick J. Alexander @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Proboscidea louisiana.Patrick J. Alexander @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database(Accessed 4/2014).

Fruit a capsule 10-20 cm long, with a fleshy covering that falls off, woody portion with slender 2-parted, curving beak. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Southern and Midwestern US. 

Habitat: Weedy areas. 

Proboscidea louisiana.Joseph

Proboscidea louisiana.Joseph (7/2014).

Notes: Green fruit used to make pickles.