Saturday, January 19, 2013

Abronia nana S. Watson var. covillei (Heimerl) Munz

Coville's dwarf sand verbina

Found on rocky slopes and sandy soils in southern California and Nevada, this member of Nyctaginaceae, also known as the four-o-clock family, is most noticeable because of its distinctive inflorescence. Found predominantly in pinyon-juniper woodlands and yellow-pine forests, this perennial herb prefers dry soils to those that are overly moist.

These plants are listed as 4.2 on the California Native Plant Society's rare plants list, meaning they are rare in California.

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