Nyctaginia capitata [Nyctaginaceae]

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Scientific Name Nyctaginia capitata USDA PLANTS Symbol NYCA
Common Name Devil's Bouquet, Scarlet Muskflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 19602
Family Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry sandy soils, caliche or loam in grasslands, shrublands and along roadsides.
Plant: Low, sprawling perennial from the crown of a thick taproot; multiple stout branching stems, 4 to 36 inches long.
Leaves: Thick, somewhat fleshy opposite blades, oval to ovate-deltoid or narrowly triangular, 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long and 1/4 to 2-1/8 inches wide; on petioles 3/8 to 3 inches long; edges sinuate and undulate, often finely curled, upper surface smooth or somewhat sticky/hairy, lower surface smooth.
Inflorescence: Clusters (umbels) of 8 to 15 showy red, deep pink, or orange-red flowers; clusters are 1-1/2 to 3 inches across on peduncles 3/4 to 5-1/2 inches long; each blossom (actually the calyx rather than a corolla) is funnel-shaped with 5 flaring lobes; 5 to 8 long, protruding stamens
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, Flora of North America and Chihuahuan Desert Plants.
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