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Acleisanthes longiflora (Angel trumpets)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Acleisanthes longiflora

Acleisanthes longiflora A. Gray

Angel Trumpets, Angel's Trumpets

Nyctaginaceae (Four O'clock Family)


USDA Symbol: aclo2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Highly branched stems spreading on ground or sprawling over shrubs and bearing erect white flowers standing like miniature trumpets in leaf axils.

During the day, flowers that bloomed the night before are bent like melted candles, and those yet to bloom are held rigidly erect as brownish-green tubes that blend with the foliage. In the cool of evening, new flowers open and flare their white funnel tops, which attract night-flying moths that drink the nectar and pollinate the flowers.


From the Image Gallery

12 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Southeastern California east to central New Mexico and western Texas, and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes in deserts or on plains.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Conditions Comments: Flowers are often seen after a rain.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds , Softwood Cuttings

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0378 Collected May 12, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0069 Collected July 21, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0138 Collected Sept. 23, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps

3 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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