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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Acleisanthes longiflora Gray
Angel trumpets, Angel's trumpets
USDA Symbol: aclo2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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 Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0069
Collected July 21, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0138
Collected Sept. 23, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0378
Collected May 12, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff