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Phyla species [Verbenaceae]

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Scientific Name Phyla lanceolata USDA PLANTS Symbol
PHLA3
Common Name Northern Frog-fruit, Lanceleaf Frog-fruit ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32196
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Moister soils in river bottoms, lake shores and marshes.
Plant: Perennial with ascending or sprawling stems up to 24 inches long, often rooting at leaf nodes.
Leaves: Bright green opposite, oblong-lanceolate to ovate blades 0.7 to 3 inches long and 0.2 to 1.2 inches wide, tapering at both ends, with serrate margins from the tips to below the middle; conspicous veins on lower surfaces, especially; short petioles.
Inflorescense: Heads are initially spherical growing to cylindrical, 1.4 inches long and borne on peduncles up to 3.5 inches long arising from leaf axils; small flowers in a ring around a purplish cone, each about 0.2 inches across with 4 irregular lobes, the lower lobe larger than the upper; white to pink to lavender corollas with dark center; 2 pair of yellow-tipped stamens.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: ""Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Minnesota Wildflowers and SEINet.
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Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Phyla nodiflora USDA PLANTS Symbol
PHNO2
Common Name Turkey Tangle Frog-fruit, Texas Frog-fruit ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
32197
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Moister soils, usually disturbed areas, along roadsides and in fields.
Plant: Low-growing perennial 3 to 5 inches high with creeping, prostrate stems.
Leaves: spatulate to oblanceolate-shaped leaves, 1/2 to 1-3/4 inches long with serrated edges around upper half, smooth below.
Inflorescense: Solitary, dense, spherical to cylindrical clusters of many flowers on peduncles arising from leaf axils; flowers less than 1/6-inch across with four unequal spreading lobes, appearing two-lipped, white to pink or purplish; corolla throats yellow, orange or purplish; 4 stamens.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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