Acleisanthes longiflora A. Gray
Angel trumpets, Angel's trumpets
Nyctaginaceae (Four-O'clock Family)
USDA Symbol: aclo2
Highly branched stems spreading on ground or sprawling over shrubs and bearing erect white flowers standing like miniature trumpets in leaf axils.
During the day, flowers that bloomed the night before are bent like melted candles, and those yet to bloom are held rigidly erect as brownish-green tubes that blend with the foliage. In the cool of evening, new flowers open and flare their white funnel tops, which attract night-flying moths that drink the nectar and pollinate the flowers.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: 1
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Southeastern California east to central New Mexico and western Texas, and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes in deserts or on plains.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Conditions Comments: Flowers are often seen after a rain.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0138 Collected Sept. 23, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0069 Collected July 21, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0378 Collected May 12, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Acleisanthes longiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acleisanthes longiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff