Tripterocalyx micranthus

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Scientific Name Tripterocalyx micranthus (Abronia micrantha) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Smallflower Sand Verbena, Sandpuffs ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains, semi-desert and foothills. Sandy, dry areas, scrub, grasslands.
Plant: Prostrate annual 10 to 12 inches tall, multiple reddish, fleshy and sticky branches.
Leaves: Lanceolate-ovate to elliptic, 1/2 to over 2 inches long, petioles 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long; small hairs on edges.
Inflorescence: Compact sherical clusters of 5 to 15 tubular white flowers, each about 1/4-inch across with 5 petals with ragged edges.
Fruit: Oval or round profile 1/2 to 1 inch across with 2 to 4 conspicuous thin, pale orange-pink wings.
References: Descr. adapted from, and Wikipedia.
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