Phemeranthus brevifolius

(Torrey) Hershkovitz

Taxon 46: 222. 1997.

Basionym: Talinum brevifolium Torrey in L. Sitgreaves, Rep. Exped. Zuni Colorado Rivers, 156. 1853
Synonyms: Talinum brachypodum S. Watson
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 491. Mentioned on page 490, 492.

Plants sometimes mat-forming, to 0.6 dm; roots elongate, woody. Stems spreading-ascending, branching, sometimes suffrutescent. Leaves sessile; blade subterete, to 1.5 cm. Inflorescences cymulose or often only 1-flowered, usually slightly overtopping leaves; peduncle not scapelike, sometimes rudimentary, to 0.3 cm. Flowers: sepals deciduous, oval to orbiculate, to 4 mm; petals rose, lavender, or rarely white, obovate, to 10 mm; stamens 20–25; stigmas 3, sublinear. Capsules subglobose to ellipsoid, 3.5–4 mm. Seeds without arcuate ridges, 1 mm.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Oct.
Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes and ledges in sand pockets
Elevation: 1500-2200 m


Reports of Phemeranthus brevifolius from western Texas and southern New Mexico, where it does not actually occur, apparently have been based on misidentified specimens of P. brevicaulis.

Selected References


Lower Taxa