Mirabilis alipes

(S. Watson) Pilz

Madroño 25: 120. 1978

Basionyms: Hermidium alipes S. Watson Botany (Fortieth Parallel), 286, plate 32. 1871
Synonyms: Hermidium alipes var. pallidium Ch. Porter
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 44. Mentioned on page 40, 43.
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Illustrator: Barbara Alongi
Herbs, forming hemispheric clumps 6–8 dm diam., glabrous or very sparsely puberulent. Stems 2–4 dm. Leaves spreading; petioles of proximal leaves 0.5–0.7 cm; blades of midstem leaves ovate to widely ovate, 4.5–9 × 3.5–5 cm, base obtuse to rounded, often oblique, apex obtuse, rarely acute. Involucres: peduncle 3–10 mm; involucres erect to pendent, 11–30 mm; bracts 6–9, distinct or to 50% connate, apex acute to obtuse, rarely rounded. Flowers 6–9 per involucre; perianth usually magenta, occasionally creamy white, bell-shaped, 1.5–1.8 cm. Fruits mottled olive green, with 10 slender, tan ribs, ellipsoid, 5.5–7 mm, rugulose, glabrous, secreting thick, heavy mucilage when wetted.

Phenology: Flowering spring–late summer.
Habitat: Gravelly or sandy soils in arid brushlands or pinyon-juniper woodlands
Elevation: 1200-2000 m


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Calif., Colo., Nev., Utah.


Hermidium was once maintained as a genus based on discrete involucral bracts. As discussed by G. E. Pilz (1978), distinct bracts are typical, but involucres with the five outermost bracts united to one-half their length are common.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Mirabilis alipes"
AuthorRichard W. Spellenberg +
Authority(S. Watson) Pilz +
BasionymsHermidium alipes +
DistributionCalif. +, Colo. +, Nev. + and Utah. +
Elevation1200-2000 m +
HabitatGravelly or sandy soils in arid brushlands or pinyon-juniper woodlands +
IllustratorBarbara Alongi +
PhenologyFlowering spring–late summer. +
Publication titleMadroño +
Publication year1978 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f6b125a955440c0872999024f038d74684f65921/coarse grained fna xml/V4/V4 80.xml +
SynonymsHermidium alipes var. pallidium +
Taxon familyNyctaginaceae +
Taxon nameMirabilis alipes +
Taxon parentMirabilis sect. Quamoclidion +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 4 +