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Acleisanthes obtusa (Berlandier's trumpets)
Cliffe, Harry

Acleisanthes obtusa

Acleisanthes obtusa (Choisy) Standl.

Berlandier's Trumpets, Vine Four O'Clock

Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock Family)

Synonym(s): Acleisanthes berlandieri, Acleisanthes greggii

USDA Symbol: ACOB2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Perennial herb or climbing vine, often reaching the tops of small trees. Flowers are white or light pink, trumpet-shaped, fragrant and open at night. This plant of the South Texas Plains and Edwards Plateau blooms between April and December with the blooms measuring approximately 2 1/8 inches long. The bright green leaves are about 2 1/2 inches long and are consumed by white-tailed deer. Easily propagated from root divisions or semi-hardwood cuttings. Attracts hummingbird moths and other night-flying moths.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Deltoid , Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Fruit Type: Accessory
Size Notes: Prostrate to climbing stems up to about 6 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: Medium


Use Wildlife: Nectar source for night-flying moths
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds , Semi-hardwood Cuttings


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-18
Research By: WFC

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