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Anisacanthus quadrifidus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus (Vahl) Nees

Wright's Desert Honeysuckle, Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush, Wright Acanthus, Mexican Flame, Wright's Mexican Flame

Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)


USDA Symbol: ANQU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: The only variety of this species known to occur in North America is Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, which ranges from south-central Texas into northern Mexico.

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March 11, 2009
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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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