Abronia mellifera

Douglas ex Hooker

Bot. Mag. 56: plate 2879. 1829.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 65. Mentioned on page 62.

Plants perennial. Stems decumbent to ascending, much branched, elongate, glabrous or glandular-pubescent. Leaves: petiole 1–6 cm; blade ovate to lance-elliptic, 1–6 × 0.5–4 cm, margins entire to sinuate and ± undulate, surfaces glabrous or glandular-pubescent. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts lanceolate to obovate, 5–12 × 1–5 mm, papery, glabrate to glandular-pubescent; flowers 25–60. Perianth: tube pale rose proximally to greenish distally, 15–25 mm, limb white, 7–12 mm diam. Fruits winged, broadly obdeltate or cordate in profile, 6–10 × 4–10 mm, thin, usually coriaceous, rarely indurate, base attenuate, apex prominently beaked; wings (2–)5 (when 2, folded to form single deep groove), without dilations, broad, thin, without cavities.

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Sandy soils, cold desert scrub, grasslands
Elevation: 100-2000 m


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Idaho, Oreg., Utah, Wash., Wyo.


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Lower Taxa