Abronia turbinata S. Watson

White sand verbena
Nyctaginaceae (Four o'clock)


White sand verbena is an occasional resident of sandy areas in creosote bush scrub or pinyon-juniper woodland at elevations of 4000' to 8000', ranging from the Mt. Pinos region north to Oregon and Nevada at the west edge of the Mojave Desert. These pictures were taken in the Eureka Valley north of Death Valley. One thing that differentiates turbinata from other common sand verbenas like villosa, umbellata, maritima and nana is that the fruits are not winged. This is an annual species, sparsely glandular-hairy or viscid especially when young. The leaves are broadly ovate to ± round, and the white or pinkish flowers are on peduncles 1" to 3-1/2" long. It blooms from May to July.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Abronia 2) turbinata.
Pronunciation: ab-ROE-nee-a tur-bin-AY-ta.
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