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Nyctaginaceae: Four-O'clock Family

This is a relatively small family of mostly tropical to sub-tropical flowering plants. Approximately 300 species are divided into 30 genera. One of the most popular members of this family are the Four-O'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)

This family includes the famous Bougainvillea, that adorns many sidewalks and malls, because of its colorful bracts.

Specimens List

Mauka (Mirabilis extensa)

A local food crop of importance in the Andes.


Bougainvillea spp

There are between 4 and 18 species of this popular ornamental plant.


Four-O'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)

These plants open their sweet scented flowers around 4-o'clock in the afternoon.


Sand-verbena (Abronia spp)

Common ornamental. Despite this common name, they are not related to the vervains (Verbenaceae)

 



 

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