3/1/19 Walker Canyon Trail, Temescal Mountains, Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, CA
National Recreation Area, Ventura County, CA
3/23/19 Harford Springs Reserve, Gavilan Hills, Riverside County, CA
COMMON NAME: Wishbone Bush, California Four O'Clock
FAMILY: Nyctaginaceae (Four O'Clock Family)
Leaf: blade 1–3.5 cm, ovate, puberulent or glandular-hairy
Inflorescence: involucres clustered near ends of branches, bell-shaped; bracts 5, 5–8 mm, > 1/2 fused, lobes ovate; flower 1 per involucre
Flower: perianth 5–14 mm, broadly funnel-shaped, pink to purple-red (white)
Fruit ± 5 mm, ovoid, generally lightly dotted or wrinkled, glabrous
Ecology: Common. Grassy areas, chaparral, dunes, dry rocky areas and washes
Elevation: < 1000 m.
Bioregional distribution: Central Coast, South Coast Ranges, Southwestern California, w edge Desert
Distribution outside California: Baja California
Flowering time: Mostly Dec–Jun
Synonyms: M. laevis (Benth.) Curran var. laevis misapplied; var. cedrosensis (Standl.) J.F. Macbr
Poorly distinguished morphologically and geographically from M. bigelovii; these may prove to be infraspecific entities in a moree broadly conceived species
Horticultural information: DRN, DRY, SUN: 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
Recent taxonomic note: Mirabilis laevis (Benth.) Curran var. crassifolia (Choisy) Spellenb.