Cyphomeris gypsophiloides [Nyctaginaceae]

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Scientific Name Cyphomeris gypsophiloides (Boerhavia gypsophiloides) USDA PLANTS Symbol CYGY
Common Name Red Cyphomeris ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 19592
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, limestone and calcareous soils, on rocky slopes, desert scrub, woodlands, plains, washes, and roadsides; from 4,000 to 6,000 ft.
Plant: Erect or ascending perennial, multiple branches, 20 to 60 inches tall; smooth, glaucous stems.
Leaves: Opposite, lower leaves narrowly triangular to lanceolate and the upper leaves usually linear; 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long and 1/8 to 1-1/8 inches wide; on slender petioles about 1/4 to 1 inch long; green, smooth upper leaf surfaces, lower slightly waxy.
Inflorescence: Slender racemes 2 to 6+ inches long of small purplish or red bell-shaped flowers about 1/2-inch long and across, each with 5 petals and stamens that protrude beyond them; very short pedicels, each flower subtended by a single narrow bract 1/8 to 1/4-inch long.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
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