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Menodora longiflora (Showy menodora)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Menodora longiflora

Menodora longiflora A. Gray

Showy menodora, Twin-pod

Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: MELO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This species is named longiflora because of the long, narrow tube of its flower, which is 2–3 inches long. At the end of the tube the 5 or 6 yellow petal-like lobes flare out almost flat and are pointed at the end. The stamens are hidden in the tube. The plant grows 12–18 inches tall, usually with several branches. Leaves are opposite, narrow and smooth.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower: Flower 1 inch
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct

Distribution

USA: NM , TX
Native Habitat: Canyons, Stream/river banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based, Acid-based, Calcareous

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Perennial garden, Aromatic
Use Wildlife: Nectar-moths, Nectar-hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Propagation Material: Seeds

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX

Bibliography

Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Menodora longiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Menodora longiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Menodora longiflora

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-08-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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