Mirabilis species

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Scientific Name Mirabilis linearis USDA PLANTS Symbol
MILI3
Common Name Narrow-leaf Four O'clock ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
19651
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to foothills; gravelly areas, roadsides, trails, open areas.
Plant: Spreading perennial 8 to 40 inches tall, grey-green foliage; stems often waxy.
Leaves: Linear to linear-lanceolate, opposite leaves 1 to 4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Many small white to pink-purple blossoms about 1/2 inch across in clusters of three (often only one blooming at a time) with sticky-hairy involucre below; 5 split fused lobes in bell-shaped corolla, 5 projecting pink stamens and yellow anthers.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet, www.americansouthwest.net and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Mirabilis oxybaphoides USDA PLANTS Symbol
MIOX
Common Name Spreading Four O'clock ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
19657
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to foothills; rocky soils in shady areas and forests, often tangled with other foliage.
Plant: Spreading perennial 3 to 5 feet across and up to several feet tall, light green stems covered with fine hairs.
Leaves: Broadly deltate or ovate, opposite fleshy leaves 1 to 4 inches long, covered with fine hairs, on petioles up to 1/4 to 1-3/8-inches long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 3 pink to purple blossoms about 1/2 inch across at branch tips, 3 flowers surrounded by a cup-shaped involucre; 5 fused lobes in bell-shaped corolla, 5 prortuding pink stamens and yellow anthers.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet, www.americansouthwest.net and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native

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