Abronia ameliae


Wrightia 1: 54. 1945.

Common names: Heart’s delight
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 63. Mentioned on page 62.

Plants perennial. Stems procumbent to semierect, slightly to moderately branched, elongate, often reddish at nodes, viscid. Leaves: petiole 1–9 cm; blade deltate-ovate to elliptic, 2–8 × 2–6.5 cm, margins repand to sinuate, frequently undulate, adaxial surface glandular-puberulent, abaxial surface glandular-pubescent. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts ovate to elliptic, 5–16 × 2–10 mm, papery, glandular-pubescent; flowers 20–75. Perianth: tube magenta, 12–25 mm, limb bright magenta, 8–10 mm diam. Fruits narrowly turbinate, 6–9 × 3–4.5 mm, ± 2 times as long as wide, scarious, base attenuate, rounded or truncate at apex, with a broadly conic beak; wings 5, finely reticulate, thin walled, narrow, cavities extending throughout.

Phenology: Flowering winter–spring.
Habitat: Sandy soils, live-oak grasslands
Elevation: 0-100 m


Abronia ameliae has limited cultivation as an ornamental in southern Texas.

Selected References


Lower Taxa