Phemeranthus aurantiacus (Engelm.) Kiger
Orange Flameflower, Flameflower, Fameflower, Talinum
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Synonym(s): Talinum angustissimum, Talinum aurantiacum, Talinum aurantiacum var. angustissimum, Talinum polygaloides
USDA Symbol: PHAU13
Orange flameflower is a 4 in., succulent perennial bearing showy, yellow-orange or copper-colored flowers after summer rains. Flowers occur singly in leaf axils; opening in the morning and withering by late afternoon. Leaves are linear and fleshy. Rather stout, erect stems with evenly distributed, narrow, succulent leaves and 1 orange or reddish-orange flower in each upper leaf axil.
Native Americans once cooked the fleshy roots. A phenotypic variation found in the same region, formerly referred to as Narrow-leaved Fameflower and known as Talinum angustissimum, is now not considered distinct enough to warrant separate status.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to s. AZ & adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Western Edwards Plateau to North Central Texas to Trans-Pecos. Dry, poor soils and limestone. Plains; rocky slopes; 4000-5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: A succulent plant well-adapted to a dry climate, flame-flower (or fameflower) has fleshy green leaves and stems, and orange flowers with red margins. Native Americans once ate the large taproot. This feature helps flame-flower survive long periods of drought and then sprout new growth when water is available.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Foliage is often browsed by wildlife.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0130 Collected Sept. 9, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
BibliographyBibref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Phemeranthus aurantiacus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phemeranthus aurantiacus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phemeranthus aurantiacus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-08-18
Research By: TWC Staff