|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
Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to foothills (4500 to 8800 ft.); 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 protruding pink stamens and yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: SEINet, American Southwest and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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