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Acleisanthes

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Kingdom  Plantae
Tribe  Nyctagineae
Higher classification  Nyctaginaceae
Order  Caryophyllales
Family  Nyctaginaceae
Scientific name  Acleisanthes
Rank  Genus
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Similar  Nyctaginaceae, Anulocaulis, Salpianthus, Phaeoptilum spinosum, Allionia

Acleisanthes is a genus of flowering plants in the Bougainvillea family, Nyctaginaceae. There are currently 16 species. The generic name is derived from the Greek words ακλειοτος (akleistos), meaning "not closed," and ανθος (anthos), meaning "flower." Plants of this genus are known commonly as trumpets due to the elongated, open-ended shape of their flowers. These are arid-adapted perennials with thick taproots which are usually compact and low to the ground or slightly ascending. An individual plant may have cleistogamous (unopening and self-pollinating) flowers as well as opening flowers which are usually nocturnal as a water-saving adaptation and are pollinated by night-flying or crepuscular insects such as hawkmoths. Flowers are usually white, sometimes yellow. These plants are native to the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts of Mexico and the United States.

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Taxonomy

In the year 2000 studies by Rachel A. Levin reclassified the members of two genera, Ammocodon and Selinocarpus, into the genus Acleisanthes.

Selected species

  • Acleisanthes acutifolia Standl. – Needletip trumpets
  • Acleisanthes angustifolia
  • Acleisanthes anisophylla A.Gray – Obliqueleaf trumpets
  • Acleisanthes chenopodioides
  • Acleisanthes crassifolia A.Gray – Texas trumpets
  • Acleisanthes diffusa
  • Acleisanthes longiflora A.Gray – Angel trumpets, yerba de la rabia
  • Acleisanthes nevadensis (Standl.) B.L.Turner – Desert moonpod
  • Acleisanthes obtusa (Choisy) Standl. – Berlandier's trumpets
  • Acleisanthes parvifolia
  • Acleisanthes wrightii (A.Gray) Benth. & Hook.f. ex Hemsl. – Wright's trumpets
  • References

    Acleisanthes Wikipedia


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