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Carlowrightia torreyana (Torrey's wrightwort)
Cliffe, Harry

Carlowrightia torreyana

Carlowrightia torreyana Wassh.

Torrey's Wrightwort

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Synonym(s): Carlowrightia pubens, Croftia parvifolia, Dianthera parvifolia, Schaueria parvifolia

USDA Symbol: CATO13

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Obovate , Ovate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Axillary
Fruit Type: Capsule
Flower: Stamens 2
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande Plains and Trans-Pecos of Texas, also Mexico.
Native Habitat: On ledges , in gravelly-silty soils, among rocks, along creeks, in chaparral.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0497 Collected Aug. 30, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 0638 Collected Sep 3, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2011-07-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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