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Abronia villosa  S. Watson
Desert sand verbena,   Hairy sand verbena
Abronia villosa is an annual 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

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Abronia villosa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (ABVI)

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[wikipedia] Habitat, Description, Chemistry: Abronia villosa is a species of sand-verbena known by the common names desert sand-verbena[1] and chaparral sand-verbena. It is in the four o'clock plant family (Nyctaginaceae). It is native to sandy areas in the deserts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, associated with creosote-bush and coastal-sage scrub habitats.[2] Description Abronia villosa is a short, hairy annual wildflower[2] which grows in creeping prostrate masses along the ground. It has oval-shaped dull green leaves and many peduncles bearing rounded inflorescences of bright magenta or purplish-pink flowers. It grows in the sand of the deserts and coastlines. It has a very sweet fragrance, and is also very sticky. They usually grow between February and May. Chemistry The rotenoids abronione and boeravinone C, and the terpenoid lupeol can be found in A. villosa.[3] (link added 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: 07/21/2024).