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Menodora longiflora (Showy menodora)
Cressler, Alan

Menodora longiflora

Menodora longiflora A. Gray

Showy Menodora, Twinpod

Oleaceae (Olive Family)


USDA Symbol: MELO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This species is named longiflora because of the long, narrow tube of its flower, which is 2-3 inches long. At the end of the tube the 5 or 6 yellow petal-like lobes flare out almost flat and are pointed at the end. The stamens are hidden in the tube. The plant grows 12-36 inches tall, usually with several branches. Leaves are opposite, narrow and smooth.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Flower: Flower 1 inch

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Habitat: Canyons, Stream/river banks

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based, Acid-based, Calcareous


Use Ornamental: Perennial garden, Aromatic
Use Wildlife: Nectar-moths, Nectar-hummingbirds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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