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Allionia incarnata  (Trailing Windmills)
Nyctaginaceae (Four O'Clock Family)

Semi-desert.  Openings. Spring, summer.
Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area, April 23, 2006.

Stems of Allionia incarnata spread radially from a central root crown.  The sandy appearance of the leaves is due to small dirt and sand particles which are held by the sticky hairs that cover the plant.   Despite the dirt, this is a lovely plant which brightens open, sandy areas in Canyon Country.

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753 and species in 1759.  "Allionia" is for Carlo Allioni, 1705-1804, Italian botanist.  "Incarnata" is Latin for "flesh colored".  (More biographical information.)

Allionia incarnata (Trailing Windmills)
Nyctaginaceae (Four O'Clock Family)

Semi-desert.  Openings. Spring.
Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area, April 23, 2006.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Allionia incarnata