Choisy in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle

in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(2): 429. 1849.

Etymology: Greek nyct, night, in reference to noctural flowering
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 57. Mentioned on page 16.
FNA4 P10 Nyctaginia capitata.jpegNyctaginia capitata
Allionia incarnata var. incarnata
Allionia choisyi
Barbara Alongi
Barbara Alongi
Barbara Alongi

Herbs, perennial, viscid-pubescent, from tuberous taproots. Stems erect to spreading, unarmed, without glutinous bands on internodes. Leaves long petiolate, unequal in each pair, thick and fleshy, base ± asymmetric. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, long pedunculate, capitate; bracts 6–20, forming involucre, subtending cluster of more than 3 flowers; outer bracts ovate or lanceolate, apex acuminate or narrowly acute; inner bracts persistent, not accrescent, distinct, narrower than outer, herbaceous. Flowers bisexual, chasmogamous and/or cleistogamous; cleistogamous perianth small green dome atop developing turbinate base; chasmogamous perianth radially symmetric, orange-red, or all yellow, funnelform, constricted beyond ovary, abruptly expanded to 5-lobed limb; stamens 5–8, slightly exserted; styles exserted slightly beyond stamens; stigmas capitate. Fruits radially symmetric, turbinate, constricted beyond base, apex umbonate, stiffly coriaceous; ribs 10 low, rounded, each swollen at junction of distal, umbonate portion, glabrous, smooth, without glands.


sw United States, n Mexico


Species 1.

Selected References


"thin" is not a number."thick" is not a number.

... more about "Nyctaginia"
umbonate;acute;acuminate +
coriaceous +
Richard W. Spellenberg +
Choisy in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle +
glutinous +
turbinate +
unequal +
woody +, leathery +  and fleshy +
undulate;plane;linear;ovate or more or less round +
succulent +  and fleshy +
connate +  and distinct +
subtending +
corollalike +  and petaloid +
sw United States +  and n Mexico +
small green +
curved +  and straight +
Greek nyct, night, in reference to noctural flowering +
inconspicuous +  and showy +
1 +  and 80 +
cleistogamous +, chasmogamous +  and bisexual +
turbinate +
constricted +
not accrescent +
unequal +
5-lobed +
pubescent +  and glabrous +
sinuate +  and entire +
lanceolate +  and ovate +
expanded +
yellow;orange-red +
chasmogamous +  and cleistogamous +
constricted +
in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. +
swollen +  and rounded +
thick +  and thin +
fibrous;fleshy +
membranaceous +
ribbed +, 10-ribbed +  and 5-ribbed +
pubescent +, glabrous +  and warty +
wrinkled +
erect +  and spreading +
fusiform +  and linear +
filiform +
Nyctaginia +
Nyctaginaceae +
gland-tipped +