Mirabilis oxybaphoides

(Spreading Four O'Clock)

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Mirabilis oxybaphoides, Great Sand Dunes NP, Alamosa Co. 8922

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Mirabilis oxybaphoides, Great Sand Dunes NP, Alamosa Co. 8932

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Mirabilis oxybaphoides, Great Sand Dunes NP, Alamosa Co. 8934

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 (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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Colorado Status:
Native

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