Abronia maritima S. Watson

Red sand verbena
Nyctaginaceae (Four o'clock)


Red sand verbena is a trailing succulent sand-dune plant, densely glandular-hairy, with compact clusters of red-violet flowers, found mostly on coastal strand from San Luis Obispo County south to Baja. The petioled leaves are opposite, thick, ovate to ovate-oblong, and 3/4" to 2-1/4" long. The clusters of flowers are subtended by involucres of lanceolate or narrowly ovate bracts. The five-lobed tubular calyx has a limb 1/8" to 1/4" wide, and there are no petals. The fruits are coarsely net-veined and have five thick wings. Red sand verbena may be seen blooming from February to October.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Abronia 2) maritima.
Pronunciation: ab-ROE-nee-a mar-IT-i-ma.
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