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Selinocarpus angustifolius

Selinocarpus angustifolius Torr.

Narrowleaf Moonpod, Narrowleaf Moonpod

Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear , Oblong
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute , Apiculate
Leaf Texture: Leathery
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Axillary
Fruit Type: Accessory
Size Notes: To about 60 inches, more commonly to about 36 inches in height.
Flower: Flowers axillary, solitary or in pairs, many cleistogamous.
Fruit: Fruit an anthocarp with five broad winglike ribs.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Chihuahuan Desert in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and in northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky or gravelly soils in arid habitats.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium , High
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Alkaline or gypseous.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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