Anisacanthus species

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Scientific Name Anisacanthus linearis USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Big Bend Acanthus, Dwarf Anisacanth, Narrowleaf Desert Honeysuckle ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Acanthaceae (Acanthus)
SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Desert washes and Chisos Mountains foothills. Found primarily in Brewster County (Big Bend) and Northern Mexico.
Plant: Shrub 3 to 6 feet tall, slender branches, grayish-white shredding bark, sparse foliage.
Leaves: Narrow linear or narrowly lanceolate leaves 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches long and about 1/10-inch wide.
Inflorescence: Red-orange, tubular blossoms about 2 inches long with 5 lobes.
Bloom Period: Late summer through fall.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and Texas Native Shrubs.
Texas Status
Scientific Name Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Flame Acanthus, Wright's Desert Honeysuckle, Hummingbird Bush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Acanthaceae (Acanthus)
Texas A&M Reference
Description Habitat: Dry washes and rocky stream banks.
Plant: Spreading deciduous shrub 3 to 5 feet tall with exfoliating bark.
Leaves: Light-green lanceolate leaves up to 2-1/4 inches long and almost 1 inch wide; borne singly or in pairs.
Inflorescence: Red-orange, tubular flowers about 1-1/2 inches long.
Bloom Period: June to July.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
Texas Status

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