Mirabilis oxybaphoides (A. Gray) A. Gray
Family: Nyctaginaceae
smooth spreading four o'clock,  more...
[Allioniella oxybaphoides (A. Gray) Rydb.,  more]
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Stems decumbent to prostrate, often tangled in other vegetation, 2-12 dm, herbaceous, puberulent in lines or throughout, glandular or not. Leaves spreading; petiole 0.5-3.5 cm; blade broadly deltate or ovate, 1.5-8 × 1-7.5 cm, fleshy, base cordate, apex usually acute or acuminate (rounded), surfaces glabrous or pubescent, and then often glandular. Inflorescences loosely and narrowly cymose; involucres solitary or clustered at ends of branches, or solitary in axils, 5-9 mm, lobes triangular, base 50-70% of height. Flowers 3 per involucre; perianth purplish to pale pink (white), 0.5-0.9 cm. Fruits olive, dark brown and black-mottled, or evenly black, sometimes faintly marked with 5 shallow grooves, broadly obovoid to nearly spheric, 2.5-3.5 mm, smooth or slightly rugose. 2n = 60. Flowering spring-fall. Brush or boulders, banks in woodlands, moist areas; 1400-2600 m; Ariz., Colo., Nev., N.Mex., Okla., Tex., Utah; Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León).
FNA 2003, Allred and Ivey 2012, Correll and Johnston 1970
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Perennial herb from a thick, fleshy root; stems ascending to decumbent, 20-120 cm long, forming mounds or tangled in other vegetation; stems puberulent in lines or throughout. Leaves: Opposite, on petioles 5-35 mm long; blade broadly triangular to ovate with a heart-shaped base, 1-8 cm long and almost as wide, fleshy; surfaces glabrous to pubescent or glandular. Flowers: Pink to purple, arranged in loose cymes at branch tips; each small cluster of 3 flowers surrounded by a cup-shaped involucre, 5-9 mm high, with 5 triangular lobes; petals fused into a bell-shape, 5-10 mm high, purplish to pale pink. Fruits: Achenes obovoid to spheric, 3 mm long, olive-colored to dark brown or black, often faintly marked with 5 shallow grooves; containing a single seed. Ecology: Found in brush, among boulders, and on banks of moist areas in woodlands, from 4,500-8,500 ft (1372-2591 m); flowers May-September. Distribution: AZ, NM, s UT, s CO, w TX; south to n MEX. Notes: A much-branched, weak-stemmed plant of moist habitats. The stems range from sticky and viscid to smooth and nearly hairless. The leaves are generally heart-shaped; the flowers are small, less than 2 cm long, and pink to purple; and the fruits are not strongly ribbed, as is the case in several similar Mirabilis spp. Ethnobotany: Used to treat spider bites and dandruff; eaten as greens; used to make a tea. Etymology: Mirabilis is Latin for miraculous or wonderful, alluding to the beauty of the plants; oxybaphoides means resembling Oxybaphus, another genus within the Nyctaginaceae. Synonyms: Allioniella oxybaphoides, Allionia oxybaphoides, Quamoclidion oxybaphoides Editor: SBuckley 2011, AHazelton 2017
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Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
Mirabilis oxybaphoides image
Patrick Alexander  
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Kirstin Phillips  
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Kirstin Phillips  
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