Pittonia 4: 68. 1899.
Plants annual to short-lived perennial. Stems 4-8 (-12) dm, sparingly prickly. Leaf-blades: abaxial surface moderately prickly on veins, adaxial surface unarmed to sparingly prickly on main veins; basal and proximal lobed to 4/5 distance to midrib. Inflorescences: buds broadly ellipsoid-oblong, body 12-20 × 10-15 mm, somewhat prickly; sepal horns often angular in cross-section, 5-10 mm, slightly prickly basally. Flowers 6-9 cm broad, usually closely subtended by 1-2 foliaceous bracts; petals white or lavender; stamens 150 or more; filaments lemon yellow to red; pistil 3-6-carpellate. Capsules narrowly to broadly ellipsoid, 25-40 (-50) × 8-15 (-18) mm (including stigma and excluding prickles), prickly, surface clearly visible; prickles unequal, longest 5-7 (-10) mm. Seeds ca. 1.5 mm. 2n = 28, 56.
Phenology: Flowering early spring–summer; fruiting spring–summer.
Habitat: Coastal plains and westward
Elevation: 10-1500 m
Tex., Mexico (Coahuila), Mexico (Durango), Mexico (and Nuevo León)
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