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Melochia tomentosa L.
Pyramid Bush, Teabush, Red Rope, Velvety Melochia, Kidney Bush, Woolly Pyramidflower
Sterculiaceae (Cacao Family)
Synonym(s): Melochia tomentosa var. frutescens
USDA Symbol: METO4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: magenta
DistributionUSA: FL , TX
Native Distribution: South Florida and South Texas in the US. Mexico, the West Indies and south to Brazil.
Native Habitat: Dry, open places on rocky limestone hills, in coastal thorn thickets, savanna, pineland, along roadsides, usually below 500 meters. (Goldberg).
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Nectar Source: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0469 Collected Jun 29, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
BibliographyBibref 1290 - The Genus Melochia L. (Sterculiaceae) in Contributions from the United States National Herbarium, Volume 34, Part 5 (1967) Goldberg, Aaron
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Melochia tomentosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Melochia tomentosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Melochia tomentosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-09-02
Research By: JAM