|Scientific Name||Menodora longiflora||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MELO2|
|Common Name||Showy Menodora||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||32984|
|Family||Oleaceae (Olive)||Wildflower Center Reference||Click Here|
|Description||Habitat: Desert environments; dry, limestone and igneous, soils on rocky hillsides, canyons and ledges along streams.
Plant: Erect perennial, 1-1/2 to 3 feet tall; numerous, branched stems, smooth to densely hairy.
Leaves: Opposite lower and alternate above; linear to elliptic-lanceolate, up to 2-1/4 inches long; sessile; surfaces smooth or slightly hairy.
Inflorescence: Numerous bright yellow flowers in terminal cymes, smooth floral tube 1 to 2-1/4 inches long flaring open to 5 pointed corolla lobes; calyx with 8 to 12 green linear lobes almost 3/4-inch long; blossoms are fragile, and tend to close or drop when disturbed.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and NRCS/USDA.
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