Nama demissum A. Gray
Purple Mat, Purplemat
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
USDA Symbol: NADE
Mats of slender, hairy stems, leafy toward ends and lying on ground, with several bell-shaped, deep pink to reddish-lavender flowers growing from leaf axils.
Nama in Greek means "a water spring." There are many species in the genus, both perennials and showy annuals, that carpet the desert floor with purple after adequate rainfall. Hispid Nama (N. hispidum), with erect, bushy-branched stems and very narrow leaves, is another low species common in deserts from southern California to western Texas and northern Mexico.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southwestern Utah south to central Arizona, southeastern California, and northwestern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Desert flats and washes.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nama demissum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nama demissum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nama demissum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff