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Angel's Trumpets

Acleisanthes longiflora

Angel Trumpet, Acleisanthes longiflora, Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Telegraph Pass, South Mountains, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. 31 May 2010

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FLOWERS: Very long tubular flower with flared top. The trumpet-flare is only a bit larger than an American dime. Flowers are crepuscular, opening at dusk. Blooming mostly after summer monsoon is well under way; August through November. The long tube makes the flower suitable for pollination by sphinx moths.

RANGE: Rare plant in the Sonoran Desert. Found only at a few isolated locales. Also found in western Texas and northern Mexico.
Angel Trumpet, Acleisanthes longiflora, Photo © by Michael Plagens
LEAVES: Opposite, dark green, leaves are triangular in shape and appear to have wrinkled margins. The leaves are stiff textured.

SEEDS: Small capsules.

PERENNIAL: The base of the plant is coarse and woody. Herbaceous stems numerous after periods of rain but rarely taller than 30 cm


Nyctaginaceae -- Four O'Clock Family

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