Ruellia species

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Scientific Name Ruellia humilis USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUHU
Common Name Fringeleaf Wild Petunia, Low Ruellia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
565466
Family Acanthaceae (Acantha) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Dry meadows, open woodlands.
Plant: Upright to sprawling perennial up to 2-1/2 feet tall; branched, leafy stems.
Leaves: Opposite, crowded, very short petioles (stalks), ovate to lanceolate leaves, 1 to 3 inches long, often hairy; short hairs along edges.
Inflorescence: Lavender-to-purplish funnel-shaped blossoms with 5 lobes, darker streaks inside; white stamens and pistil. Blossoms last one day, fragile to the touch.
Reference: Excerpts from Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Ruellia nudiflora USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUNU
Common Name Wild Petunia, Violet Ruellia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
34384
Family Acanthaceae (Acantha) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Dry or moist, open areas.
Plant: Erect perennial 1 to 2 feet tall, few branches.
Leaves: Opposite, ovate leaves 2 to 5 inches long on short stalks, grayish-green with wavy margins.
Inflorescence: Blue-to-purplish funnel-shaped blossoms with 5 lobes, white stamens and pistil. Blossoms last only one day.
Reference: Excerpts from www.wildflower.org.
Texas Status
Native

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