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Phemeranthus brevifolius (Pygmy flameflower)
Cressler, Alan

Phemeranthus brevifolius

Phemeranthus brevifolius (Torr.) Hershkovitz

Pygmy Flameflower, Pygmy Fameflower, Pygmy Talinum

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)

Synonym(s): Talinum brevifolium

USDA Symbol: PHBR16

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low plant with crowded, narrow, succulent leaves and comparatively large, deep pink flowers in upper leaf axils.

The bright pink flowers seem to sit on the ground, often obscuring the short erect stems. This species is representative of several others, most more open and spindly but all with white to rose flowers. In one, Spiny Talinum (Phemeranthus spinescens), found in central Washington, the midribs persist as spines as the leaves wither and dry.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: Southern Utah and northern Arizona east to western Texas.
Native Habitat: On rocky slopes, especially limestone sites.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-07-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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