This is a smallish, densely tufted perennial
arising from a thick woody root and a branched caudex. The leaves are
about 3/4" long, clustered, glaucous, and ovate to ± round.
The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers on a scapose peduncle. Like
the leaves, the peduncle and pedicels are minutely puberulent, sometimes
with longer pubescence. The flowers have calyces with five cleft lobes,
no petals, and are white to pinkish with a limb about 1/4" wide.
The obcordate fruits have five thin-walled wings. Occupying generally
dry sandy places at elevations of 5000' to 9000' in sagebrush scrub,
pinyon-juniper woodland and montane coniferous forest. This member of
the four o'clock family may be found in the San Bernardino Mts, the
New York Mts, and the Inyo Mts to Mono County and Nevada, blooming from
June to August.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Abronia 2) nana 3) covillei.
Pronunciation: ab-ROE-nee-a NA-na ko-VIL-ee-eye.
Formerly Abronia nana ssp. covillei.
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