Leucophyllum species

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Scientific Name Leucophyllum candidum USDA PLANTS Symbol
LECA12
Common Name Boquillas Silverleaf, Brewster County Barometerbush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33628
Family Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Gravelly, rocky limestone hills in the Big Bend area and south into Mexico at elevations from 2000 to 4000 ft.
Plant: Small multi-branched shrub, less than 4 feet tall; newer stems whitish, fuzzy.
Leaves: Small, fuzzy, silvery-white, mostly broadly obovate to obovate-orbicular, reniform, or ovate, 1/2-inch long; alternate to subopposite.
Inflorescence: Small, bell-shaped, dark to light violet-purple blossoms in leaf axils, 1/2 to 7/8-inch long, 5-lobed corolla with hairy throat and orange-dotted white blotch inside; blooms after rains.
Blooming period: May to November.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and Texas A&M, Flora of North America.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Leucophyllum frutescens USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEFR3
Common Name Texas Purple Sage, Texas Barometer-bush, Cenizo ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33629
Family Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Habitat: Dry, calcareous soils desert arroyo and scrub areas; widely cultivated in Texas.
Plant: Medium-sized compact shrub, usually 2 to 5 tall, up to 8 feet tall.
Leaves: Soft obovate, up to 1-1/4 inches long, covered by short silvery hairs giving a silvery to gray-green appearance, alternately-attached.
Inflorescence: Bell-shaped lavender-pink blossoms about 1 inch long, 5-lobed corolla with hairy throat and orange-dotted white blotch inside; blooms after rains.
Bloom period: May to September.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and www.americansouthwest.net.
Texas Status
Native

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