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Abronia nana  S. Watson
Dwarf sand verbena
Abronia nana is a perennial herb that is native to California.
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Genus: Abronia
Family: Nyctaginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Information about  Abronia nana from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
USDA PLANTS Profile (ABNA)

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[americansouthwest.net] Description: Like all members of this genus, abronia nana produces compact, spherical flower clusters containing from six to several dozen heads. Individual flowers are about a quarter of an inch in diameter, nearly white to pale pink in color, with five lobes, each divided at the upper end to about half their length. Lobes have irregular edges. The flower cluster is subtended by a ring of thin bracts, oval- or lance-shaped, about a third of an inch in length. Plants have no stem; the petiolate leaves and the flower stalks grow from the base. Leaf surfaces and flower stems may be smooth, or lightly glandular-hairy. This species is quite changeable across its range, but only two varieties are recognized, the widespread var nana and the less common var covillei (found in the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada), distinguished by subtle differences in the shape of the leaves and the bracts. (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: 05/30/2024).