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Ipomopsis species [Polemoniaceae]

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Scientific Name Ipomopsis aggregata USDA PLANTS Symbol IPAG
Common Name Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31192
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, sandy/rocky/igneous soils in open areas.
Plant: Coarse, erect biennial or perennial to 3 feet tall.
Leaves: Sparse, alternate stem leaves 1 to 2 inches long, pinnately-dissected into 5 to 7 very narrow segments; basal leaves pinnately-dissected into 9 to 11 lobes, withered by flowering.
Inflorescence: Bright red to pink trumpet-shaped flowers with 5 flaring lobes and yellow mottling in the throat; up 1-1/2 to 2 inches long, borne on one side of the stem.
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and SEINet.
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Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Ipomopsis havardii USDA PLANTS Symbol IPHA
Common Name Havard's Ipomopsis, Havard's Skyrocket ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503186
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soils on desert hillsides and washes.
Plant: Dense, rounded or broad small shrub 8 inches tall or less; stems and leaves covered with stiff hairs.
Leaves: Many small, dark green, alternate leaves once or twice pinnately-dissected into 3 to 5 very thin segments with a spine at each tip; covered with hairs and somewhat glandular.
Inflorescence: Many small, terminal, irregular flowers with 5 pink/white mottled or streaked petals; protruding stamens and style.
Bloom Period: March to October.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Endemic to Big Bend region
Scientific Name Ipomopsis rubra USDA PLANTS Symbol IPRU2
Common Name Standing Cypress, Texas Plume ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31219
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, sandy or gravelly soils; pastures, meadows, woodland edges.
Plant: Erect, slender biennial 2 to 5 feet tall, usually unbranched.
Leaves: Many alternate leaves crowded along stem, each 1 to 2 inches long overall, deeply pinnately-divided into 11 to 17 very narrow, linear, or thread-like segments.
Inflorescence: Numerous bright red or orangish-red flared tubular flowers forming a long spike, opening from top down; each about 1-1/4 inches long and 1/2-inch across; with 5 petals, 5 stamens and sepals; pistil with 3 stigmae extending beyond the petals.
Bloom Period: May and June.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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