Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Nyctaginaceae
(Four O'clock Family)


The Nyctaginaceae are herbs mostly with opposite leaves. They have no true petals, although the parts at the base of the plant (involucre & petaloid calyx) may almost perfectly simulate a tubular corolla. In some species though, the involucre contains several flowers.

Acleisanthes chenopodioides (Goosefoot Moonpod)
Allionia incarnata (Trailing Windmills)
Boerhavia coccinea (Garnet Spiderling)
Boerhavia purpurascens (Purple Spiderling)
Boerhavia torreyana (Torrey's Spiderling)
Mirabilis albida (White Four O'Clock)
Mirabilis coccinea (Red Four O'clock)
Mirabilis linearis var. linearis (Ribbon Four O'Clock)
Mirabilis longiflora (Sweet Four O'clock)
Mirabilis melanotricha (Standley's Four O'Clock
Mirabilis multiflora (Wild Four O'clock)
Mirabilis oxybaphoides (Spreading Four O'clock)
Tripterocalyx carneus (Winged Sand Puffs)


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