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|Family: Nyctaginaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Mirabilis||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Mirabilis jalapa L. var. jalapa
Stem: erect, < 1 m, hairs 0 or sparse, short. Leaf: blade 5--14 cm, ovate to cordate. Inflorescence: +- terminal, short-peduncled, umbel-like clusters; involucre bell-shaped, 1-flowered; bracts 5, 5--15 mm, 1/2--3/4 fused. Flower: perianth 30--50 mm, narrowly funnel-shaped, generally bright magenta (yellow, white, orange, or variegated). Fruit: 8--10 mm, ovoid, hairs 0 to minute; ribs 5, blunt, +- wrinkled or warty between. Chromosomes: 2n=54.
Ecology: Disturbed places with mild winters; Elevation: < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP (esp SnFrB); Distribution Outside California: native to tropical America. Toxicity: TOXIC: Intestinal irritant in fruit, roots. Flowering Time: Generally May--Oct Note: Cult as ornamental with many perianth colors, some escaping, possibly hybridizing.
eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Mirabilis greenei
Next taxon: Mirabilis laevis
Citation for this treatment: Andy Murdock 2017. Mirabilis jalapa var. jalapa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=81819, accessed on January 23, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 23, 2017.