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Carlowrightia linearifolia (Heath wrightwort)
Sturla, Gene

Carlowrightia linearifolia

Carlowrightia linearifolia (Torr.) A. Gray

Heath Wrightwort

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Synonym(s): Schaueria linearifolia

USDA Symbol: CALI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Leaf: Leaves linear to filiform-linear about 35 mm. long.
Flower: Flowers small, cruciform, purplish-pink petals with purple veins; two excerted stamens bearing large, sagittate yellow anthers.
Fruit: Flattened pyriform capsule.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Distribution: West Texas to Arizona and adjacent northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky hillsides at low elevation.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Heat Tolerant: yes


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-27
Research By: JAM

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