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Abronia umbellata  Lam.
Beach sand verbena,   Pink sand verbena,   Purple sand verbena
Abronia umbellata is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Abronia
Family: Nyctaginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: coastal

Communities: Coastal Strand

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFAbronia umbellata ssp. alba
JEFAbronia umbellata ssp. platyphylla
JEFAbronia umbellata ssp. variabilis
Information about  Abronia umbellata from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (ABUM)

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[wikipedia] History in Europe: History in Europe Originally described in 1793 by the French botanist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck,[6] Abronia umbellata was collected in 1786 from Monterey, California by the gardener Jean Nicolas Collignon of the French La Pérouse expedition, which had stopped at the capital of Alta California as part of a journey of scientific exploration spanning the Pacific Ocean. While Collignon and his shipmates perished in a wreck near Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands, some of his collection had previously been shipped back to France during a stop at the Portuguese-held Macao, including the seeds of A. umbellata. They were planted at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, and Lamarck eventually named their descendants A. umbellata, making this species the first Californian flower that does not occur outside of western North America that was described in the scientific fashion of Linnaeus.[7] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).