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Perennial, shrub, tree, glabrous or hairy
Stem often forked
Leaves opposite, sessile or petioled, pairs generally unequal; blade generally entire
Inflorescence generally forked; of spikes, clusters, or umbels, each unit sometimes with a calyx-like involucre
Flower bisexual, radial; perianth of 1 whorl, petal-like, bell- to trumpet-shaped, base hardened, tightly surrounding ovary in fruit, lobes 4–5, generally notched to ± bilateral; stamens 1–many; ovary superior (appearing inferior because of hardened perianth base), style 1
Fruit: achene or nut, smooth, wrinkled, or ribbed
Genera in family: 30 genera, 300 species: warm regions, especially Am; some ornamental (Bougainvillea ; Mirabilis , four o'clock).



Annual, perennial herb, generally glandular
Stem prostrate to ascending, generally ± red
Leaf generally fleshy, petioled
Inflorescence: head or umbel; flowers opening together or outer first; receptacle conic, ± smooth
Flower: perianth salverform to trumpet-shaped, generally fragrant, lobes 4–5; stamens 4–5, included; stigma linear, included
Fruit: body fusiform; lobe-like wings (0)2–5 (if present, prominent, opaque, thick, not continuous above fruit body)
Species in genus: 25 species: w North America
Etymology: (Greek: graceful)
[Galloway 1975 Brittonia 27:328–347] Closely related to Tripterocalyx.


A. umbellata Lam.

Annual, ± glabrous to glandular-hairy
Stem prostrate, > 1 m
Leaf: petiole 1–6 cm, slender; blade 15–70 mm, 8–50 mm wide, ovate to ± diamond-shaped
Inflorescence: peduncle 2.5–15 cm, slender, generally erect in fruit; bracts 5–7 mm, lanceolate to ovate; flowers 8–27
Flower: perianth tube 6–16 mm, ± green or red, limb 6–16 mm wide, light to bright magenta
Fruit 7–12 mm, glandular-hairy at top, glabrous below, angled or with 2–5 (generally 4) wings broadly rounded above the top of fruit body
Ecology: Disturbed sandy areas, coastal dunes and scrub
Elevation: < 100 m.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast
Distribution outside California: to Washington, Baja California
Hybrids with A. maritima : subsp. alba (Eastw.) Munz; subsp. platyphylla (Standley) Munz; subsp. variabilis (Standley) Munz. Hybridizes also with A. latifolia.


subsp. breviflora (Standl.) Munz


Flower: perianth tube 6–8 mm, ± green or yellow, limb 6–8 mm wide, light to bright magenta, throat surrounded by cream eyespot
Fruit: wings poorly to moderately developed, ± angled
Ecology: Habitat of sp.
Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Central Coast (Marin Co.)
Distribution outside California: s Oregon
Populations generally small.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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