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Tidestromia carnosa

Tidestromia carnosa (Steyerm.) I.M. Johnst.

Fleshy Honeysweet

Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family)

Synonym(s): Tidestromia lanuginosa var. carnosa

USDA Symbol: TICA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Obovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Texture: Spongy
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Axillary
Flower: Flower inconspicuous, yellowish-green.
Fruit: Fruit a one-seeded utricle.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. (Bibref 293).


Native Distribution: Big Bend region of Texas and adjacent Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Native Habitat: Dry rocky plains, roadsides, in limestone-sandy soils. (Webref 3).

Growing Conditions

Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Gypseous saline Upper Cretaceous clays of Brewster County (TX). (Bibref 293).


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-09-17
Research By: JAM

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