Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Abronia latifolia (Coastal Sand Verbena, Yellow Sand Verbena)

8/18/04 Moss Landing State Beach, Monterey County, CA 


COMMON NAME: Coastal Sand Verbena, Yellow Sand Verbena

SPECIES: Abronia latifolia

FAMILY: Nyctaginaceae (Four O'Clock Family)


LOCATION: Moss Landing State Beach (between Watsonville and Castroville, north of Monterey), Monterey County, CA


From Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Perennial herb, fleshy, finely glandular-hairy; root deep, thick. 

Stem: prostrate, < 2 m; branches short, forming a dense mat. 

Leaf: petiole 1--6 cm; blade 2--5 cm, broadly ovate to reniform, thick. 

Inflorescence: peduncle 1--6 cm; bracts 5--9 mm, ovate; flowers 17--34. 

Flower: perianth tube 9--12 mm, yellow to +- green, limb 8--13 mm wide, yellow. Fruit: 8--15 mm, net-veined, glabrous or +- hairy, tapered to base, tip; wings 0 or 5. 

Ecology: Coastal dunes, scrub; 

Elevation: < 100 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: NCo, CCo, n SCo (Santa Barbara Co.); 

Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia. Flowering Time: May--Oct 

eFlora Treatment Author: Andy Murdock

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