|Scientific Name||Boerhavia coccinea||USDA PLANTS Symbol||BOCO|
|Common Name||Scarlet Spiderling||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||501005|
|Family||Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock)||SEINet
|Description||Habitat: Sandy or rocky soils in open areas, grasslands, washes, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Sprawling, sometimes erect perennial with a few to many branching, glandular-hairy, stems 1 to 4 ft. long.
Leaves: Opposite, nearly round to oval or ovate-oblong blades 5/8 to 2-1/8 inches long on petioles that are very short to 1-5/8 inches long; margins are sinuate.
Inflorescence: Small clusters of very small purple-red to scarlet flowers at branch tips and axils; bell-shaped perianth (blossom) less than 3/8-inch across with 5 lobes; 2 to 3 slightly protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: May to November.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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