Abronia fragrans

Nuttall ex Hooker

Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 5: 261. 1853.

Common names: Fragrant white sand-verbena
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 63. Mentioned on page 62, 64.

Plants perennial. Stems procumbent to semierect, slightly to moderately branched, elongate, sometimes reddish at base and nodes, glandular-pubescent, viscid. Leaves: petiole 0.5–8 cm; blade ovate to triangular or lanceolate, 3–12 × 1–8 cm, margins entire to subsinuate and slightly undulate, adaxial surface glandular-pubescent, abaxial surface more densely and longer pubescent, or sometimes villous. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts linear-lanceolate to oval-ovate, 7–25 × 2–12 mm, scarious, glandular-puberulent to short villous; flowers 30–80. Perianth: tube greenish to reddish purple, 10–25 mm, limb white, (2–)6–10 mm diam. Fruits winged or not, fusiform and appearing deeply grooved when wingless, when wings not distorted, fruit ± cordate in profile, tapered at base, with prominent beak in broad notch at apex, 5–12 × 2.5–7 mm, indurate, rugose veined or, if wings distorted, fruit ± rhombic in profile and tapered at both ends, or obdeltate and truncate at apex, with prominent beak; wings 4–5, thick, narrow, not dilated at apex, cavities extending throughout; peripheral fruits often distorted, S-shaped in lateral view.

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Dry sandy soils, scrub and grasslands
Elevation: 400-2000 m


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Ariz., Colo., Kans., Mont., Nebr., N.Mex., N.Dak., Okla., S.Dak., Tex., Utah, Wyo., Mexico (Chihuahua).


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Lower Taxa

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Leo A. Galloway +
Nuttall ex Hooker +
Fragrant white sand-verbena +
Ariz. +, Colo. +, Kans. +, Mont. +, Nebr. +, N.Mex. +, N.Dak. +, Okla. +, S.Dak. +, Tex. +, Utah +, Wyo. +  and Mexico (Chihuahua). +
400-2000 m +
Dry sandy soils, scrub and grasslands +
Flowering spring–fall. +
Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. +
Illustrated +
Tricratus +
Abronia fragrans +
species +