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Nama hispidum A. Gray
Sand Bells, Bristly Nama, Sand-bell
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
Synonym(s): Nama foliosum, Nama hispidum var. mentzelii, Nama hispidum var. revolutum, Nama hispidum var. spathulatum, Nama tenue
USDA Symbol: NAHI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
In years when the rainfall is good, this ground-hugging annual, 4-6+ inches high, seems to cover the earth with purple, but in dry seasons it may have only a single blossom, almost as large as the rest of the plant. The leaves are 1/2 inch long and have a pungent odor. The funnel-shaped flowers grow in crowded clusters at the ends of the several stems. They open into 5 petal-like lobes, 1/2 inch across, purple on the outer part but white in the throat, with yellow stamens (248).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , MD , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nama hispidum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nama hispidum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nama hispidum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-11
Research By: TWC Staff