Mirabilis texensis

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Scientific Name Mirabilis texensis (Mirabilis rotata) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Texas Four O'clock ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) eFloras.org Reference
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Description Habitat: Desert environment, sunny, gravelly limestone slopes.
Plant: Upright/ascending perennial 12 to 40 inches tall, slender, sparsely branched, somewhat hairy stems.
Leaves: Along lower portion of plant and/or clustered at base, blades ovate to oblong, 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long and wide; petioles 1/8 to 1-1/2 inches long; pointed to rounded tips and smooth to glandular surfaces.
Inflorescence: Pink to purple bell-shaped blossoms, less than 1/2-inch across at branch tips and leaf axils; five notched lobes; protruding stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Flora of North America.
Note: Found only in Big Bend and northern Mexico. M. rotata description from Correll & Johnston used as a reference.
Texas Status

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