Mirabilis linearis var. linearis

Synonyms: Allionia bodinii (Holzinger) Morong Allionia decumbens (Nuttall) Sprengel Allionia diffusa A. Heller Allionia linearis var. bodinii Allionia pinetorum (Nuttall) Daniels Mirabilis decumbens (A. Heller) C. F. Reed Mirabilis diffusa Holzinger Oxybaphus bodinii (Nuttall) Sweet Oxybaphus decumbens
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 53. Mentioned on page 50, 54.

Stems erect, ascending, or decumbent-ascending, 1–13 dm, minutely puberulent, glabrate, or glabrous basally. Leaf blades grayish or bluish green, linear, 3–10 × 0.1–1(–1.3) cm, surfaces glabrous or glandular-pubescent. Inflorescences of single involucres in axils, or terminal, well branched with ± well-defined main axis; fruiting involucres 5–10(–15) mm, crosswalls of peduncle hairs usually pale. Perianth white to deep rose-pink.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–late summer.
Habitat: Sandy, gravelly, or rocky places, disturbed areas, grasslands, brush, open areas
Elevation: 200-2700 m


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Alta., Man., Sask., Ariz., Calif., Colo., Conn., Ill., Ind., Kans., Mich., Miss., Mo., Mont., Nebr., Nev., N.J., N.Mex., N.Y., N.Dak., Okla., Pa., S.Dak., Tenn., Tex., Utah, Wis., Wyo., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosí).


Mirabilis linearis var. linearis is primarily of the Great Plains, the valleys of the Rocky Mountain region, and the central plateau of northern Mexico. It is sporadically introduced elsewhere. Through the named forms M. decumbens and M. lanceolata, it intergrades into M. albida, in the broad sense. A possible intergrade to M. glabra from Utah has fruits with five, six, or seven ribs. Only rarely are different growth forms found in the same population, and there is some suggestion from specimen data that in some instances growth forms are phenological stages. In the northern portion of the Great Plains, M. linearis and M. albida thoroughly intergrade.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Richard W. Spellenberg +
(Pursh) Heimerl +
Allionia linearis +
Alta. +, Man. +, Sask. +, Ariz. +, Calif. +, Colo. +, Conn. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Kans. +, Mich. +, Miss. +, Mo. +, Mont. +, Nebr. +, Nev. +, N.J. +, N.Mex. +, N.Y. +, N.Dak. +, Okla. +, Pa. +, S.Dak. +, Tenn. +, Tex. +, Utah +, Wis. +, Wyo. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Coahuila +, Durango +  and San Luis Potosí). +
200-2700 m +
Sandy, gravelly, or rocky places, disturbed areas, grasslands, brush, open areas +
Flowering late spring–late summer. +
Annuaire Conserv. Jard. Bot. Gen ève +
Illustrated +
Allionia bodinii +, Allionia decumbens +, Allionia diffusa +, Allionia linearis var. bodinii +, Allionia pinetorum +, Mirabilis decumbens +, Mirabilis diffusa +, Oxybaphus bodinii +  and Oxybaphus decumbens +
Mirabilis linearis var. linearis +
Mirabilis linearis +
variety +