Acleisanthes diffusa

(A. Gray) R. A. Levin

Novon 12: 61. 2002.

Common names: Spreading moonpod
IllustratedEndemic
Basionym: Selinocarpus diffusus A. Gray Amer. J. Sci. Arts, ser. 2, 15: 262. 1853
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 36. Mentioned on page 34, 37.

Plants herbaceous, ± woody at base, overall moderately to densely pubescent with brownish, translucent, conic hairs, often with terminal cell whitish and flattened or brownish and spheroidal, and with appressed, white, flattened, minute, basally attached hairs. Stems erect, decumbent, or prostrate, densely leafy, 10–30 cm. Leaves dull green, commonly drying brownish green, petiolate, those of a pair slightly unequal, gradually reduced toward inflorescence, somewhat succulent; petiole 3–20 mm; blade ovate to ovate-oblong, 10–30 × 4–17 mm, base obtuse to truncate, margins undulate, apex acute to obtuse. Flowers usually 1 in axils of leaves; pedicel 1 mm; perianth 35–48 mm, tube pale dull green, limbs greenish white or pale greenish yellow, often with 5 greenish stripes, 15 mm diam.; stamens (4–) 5. Fruits 5–7 mm with flattened, white hairs on body; wings 1–2 mm wide.


Phenology: Flowering late spring–late summer.
Habitat: Dry clay and sandy, commonly calcareous or gypseous, soils
Elevation: 1100-1600 m

Discussion

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... more about "Acleisanthes diffusa"
Jackie M. Poole +
(A. Gray) R. A. Levin +
glutinous +
symmetric +  and asymmetric +
obtuse +  and truncate +
unequal +
woody +, leathery +  and fleshy +
Selinocarpus diffusus +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br />) +
ovate;ovate-oblong +
4mm;17mm +
persistent +
distinct +
lanceolate +
minute +, small +  and not accrescent +
corollalike +  and petaloid +
Spreading moonpod +
pedicellate +, short +, sessile +  and few-flowered +
N.Mex. +, Okla. +  and Tex. +
1100-1600 m +
curved +  and straight +
pedicellate +, short +  and sessile +
inconspicuous +  and showy +
cleistogamous +, chasmogamous +  and bisexual +
puberulent +, glabrous +  and smooth +
ellipsoid +  and oblong +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (0.7 cm7 mm <br />0.007 m <br />) +
coriaceous +
Dry clay and sandy, commonly calcareous or gypseous, soils +
white +  and brownish +
flattened +  and conic +
minute +
bracteate +, congested +, open +  and cymose +
axillary +  and terminal +
brownish green +  and green +
reduced +  and unequal +
succulent +
yellow +, pale greenish +  and greenish white +
15 cm150 mm <br />0.15 m <br /> (?) +
5-lobed +
pubescent +  and glabrous +
undulate +
expanded +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (?) +
chasmogamous +  and cleistogamous +
constricted +, short +  and elongate +
3.5 cm35 mm <br />0.035 m <br /> (4.8 cm48 mm <br />0.048 m <br />) +
0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br /> (2 cm20 mm <br />0.02 m <br />) +
Flowering late spring–late summer. +
rounded +
thick +  and thin +
fibrous;fleshy +
membranaceous +
ribbed +, 10-ribbed +  and 5-ribbed +
pubescent +, glabrous +  and warty +
wrinkled +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
prostrate +  and decumbent +
10 cm100 mm <br />0.1 m <br /> (30 cm300 mm <br />0.3 m <br />) +
woody +  and herbaceous +
fusiform +  and linear +
filiform +
Ammocodon +  and Selinocarpus +
Acleisanthes diffusa +
Acleisanthes +
species +
gland-tipped +
green;pale +
domelike +
spheroidal +  and flattened +
coriaceous +
1mm +  and 2mm +