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Epixiphium wislizeni [Plantaginaceae]

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Scientific Name Epixiphium wislizeni (Maurandya wislizeni) USDA PLANTS Symbol EPWI2
Common Name Balloonbush, Snapdragon Vine ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 502335
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils in desert grasslands, brushlands and canyons from 4000 to 6000 ft.
Plant: Twining, climbing perennial vine with smooth, slender, much-branched stems up to 8 feet (or much more) long.
Leaves: Smooth hastate or triangular leaves with pointed or rounded tips and side lobes, 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches long, alternate to subopposite on petioles about the same length as the leaves.
Inflorescence: Showy two-lipped, snapdragon-like blossoms on pedicels 3/8 to 1-1/2 inch long arising from leaf axils; blossoms about 1 inch long; two-lobed upper lip and three-lobed lower lip blue/purple with darker veins; white throat; 5 long-pointed sepals.
Bloom period: May to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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