Tripterocalyx micranthus

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Scientific Name Tripterocalyx micranthus (Abronia micrantha) USDA PLANTS Symbol TRMI6
Common Name Smallflower Sand Verbena, Sandpuffs ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 19621
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains, semi-desert and foothills (3500 to 8500 ft.); sandy, dry areas, scrub, grasslands.
Plant: Prostrate annual 10 to 12 inches tall, multiple reddish, fleshy and sticky branches.
Leaves: Fleshy lanceolate-ovate to elliptic blades, 1/2 to 2-3/8 inches long and up to 1 inch wide; surfaces with short glandular-pubescent hairs and ciliate edges; petioles 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Compact spherical clusters of 5 to 15 tubular white flowers, each about 1/4-inch across with 5 petals with ragged edges.
Bloom Period: May to August.
Fruit: Oval or round profile 1/2 to 1 inch across with 2 to 4 conspicuous thin, pale orange-pink wings.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, and Flora of North America.
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