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Aloysia species [Verbenaceae]

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Scientific Name Aloysia gratissima USDA PLANTS Symbol
ALGR2
Common Name Beebrush, Whitebrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32132
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry sandy, limestone or granitic soils, rocky slopes, outcrops, limestone bluffs, and dry washes.
Plant: Densely-branched shrub 3 to 9 feet tall, older branches gray, younger reddish with fine grayish-white pubescent hairs.
Leaves: Elliptic to oblanceolate 1/4 to 1 inch long and up to 1/4-inch wide on short petioles; leaf axils often with fascicles (bundles) of younger leaves; margins entire or with 1 to 4 teeth on each side; tips pointed or rounded.
Inflorescence: Many small white blossoms, each 1/8 to 3/16-inch wide in leafy panicles of many slender, elongated spike-like racemes, 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches long growing from leaf axils; 4-lobed corollas are white, sometimes with a purplish tinge.
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 and SEINet.
Note: Images 5391-5394 appear to be var. Schulzae because of the prominent single teeth on each edge of some leaves.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Aloysia wrightii USDA PLANTS Symbol
ALWR
Common Name Wright's Beebrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32134
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky or gravelly slopes in gullies, canyons, on maesa and in desert scrub; 1,500 to 6,000 ft
Plant: Aromatic much-branched shrub up to 5 ft. tall and about as wide; brittle stems with thin bark.
Leaves: Opposite, strong-smelling, often crowded blades, small, ovate or nearly round, 0.1 to 0.6 (rarely up to 1.2) inches long and 0.1 to 0.5 inches wide and with rounded tips; edges crenulate or crenate-serrate with small rounded teeth; deep veins on upper surface, lower is densely hairy.
Inflorescence: Open, many-flowered, leafy panicles composed of slender, densely-flowered spikes 0.4 to 1.6 inches long; small, white flowers about 0.1-inch long and less than 0.1 inch across; the tubular calyx is about 0.1 inch long and densely covered with grayish hairs.
Bloom Period: June October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, University of Arizona and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
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