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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Mirabilis laevis var. villosa - desert wishbone-bush

Synonyms: Mirabilis bigelovii
Other Common Names: Bigelow's four-o'clock, Bigelow four o'clock
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Nyctaginaceae

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Leaves and stem
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Leaves and stem
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Plant - summer
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Weak-stemmed, straggling, sticky stems, branches form "wishbones".
Height: To 30 inches


Habitat Description: Lower desert flats, slopes, and canyons.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral
Elevation: Below 7200 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White, pink     Shape: Bell-shaped in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Oct
Description: Flowers are broadly funnel-shaped, 1 inch across, darker pink color near the center, and have rounded, ruffled lobes and up-curved stamens. The flowers open in the evening.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or Oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Hairy, oval to kidney-shaped.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown, black   
Fruit Notes: Achene, Gray-brown, dark charcoal brown, or olive, often dark mottled, often faintly marked with 10 paler longitudinal lines, ellipsoid, obovoid, or almost spheric.

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