|Scientific Name||Boerhavia gracillima||USDA PLANTS Symbol||BOGR|
|Common Name||Slim-stalk Spiderling||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||19672|
|Family||Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock)||SEINet
|Description||Habitat: Dry soils in usually rocky areas, roadsides, desert scrub, grasslands and woodlands; 2,500 to 4,000 ft.
Plant: Branching perennial with slender erect to decumbent stems, 8 to 60 inches tall.
Leaves: Mostly in lower half of the plant,opposite, broadly rhombic to elliptic-oblong or broadly to narrowly ovate, 3/4 to 1-3/4 inches long and 1/2-inch to almost 2 inches wide; upper leaves smaller; larger leaves on petioles that are very short to 1 inch long; entire or sinuate, often undulate margins; smooth bright green to grayish upper surface, lower surface much paler and smooth or with hairs on veins.
Inflorescence: Single (or a couple) small dark red flowers on long, forked, diverging branches; funnel-shaped blossoms 1/4 to 1/3-inch across with 2 or 3 protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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