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Boerhavia species [Nyctaginaceae]

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Scientific Name Boerhavia coccinea USDA PLANTS Symbol BOCO
Common Name Scarlet Spiderling ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 501005
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy or rocky soils in open areas, grasslands, washes, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Sprawling, sometimes erect perennial with a few to many branching, glandular-hairy, stems 1 to 4 ft. long.
Leaves: Opposite, nearly round to oval or ovate-oblong blades 5/8 to 2-1/8 inches long on petioles that are very short to 1-5/8 inches long; margins are sinuate.
Inflorescence: Small clusters of very small purple-red to scarlet flowers at branch tips and axils; bell-shaped perianth (blossom) less than 3/8-inch across with 5 lobes; 2 to 3 slightly protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: May to November.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Boerhavia gracillima USDA PLANTS Symbol BOGR
Common Name Slim-stalk Spiderling ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 19672
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry soils in usually rocky areas, roadsides, desert scrub, grasslands and woodlands; 2,500 to 4,000 ft.
Plant: Branching perennial with slender erect to decumbent stems, 8 to 60 inches tall.
Leaves: Mostly in lower half of the plant,opposite, broadly rhombic to elliptic-oblong or broadly to narrowly ovate, 3/4 to 1-3/4 inches long and 1/2-inch to almost 2 inches wide; upper leaves smaller; larger leaves on petioles that are very short to 1 inch long; entire or sinuate, often undulate margins; smooth bright green to grayish upper surface, lower surface much paler and smooth or with hairs on veins.
Inflorescence: Single (or a couple) small dark red flowers on long, forked, diverging branches; funnel-shaped blossoms 1/4 to 1/3-inch across with 2 or 3 protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native



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