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Ipomopsis thurberi (Torr. ex A. Gray) V.E. Grant

Gilia thurberi (Torr. ex A. Gray) A. Gray

El Paso skyrocket

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderEricalesTea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others
FamilyPolemoniaceaePhlox, Jabob’s-ladder
GenusIpomopsisFrom the Greek ipo, “to strike,” and opsis, “appearance,” thus of striking appearance
SpeciesthurberiNamed after Dr. George Thurber (1821-1890), called the most accomplished horticulturist in America, and botanist and quartermaster of the Mexican Boundary Survey, 1850-1854. Dr. Thurber was professor of botany and horticulture at Michigan Agricultural College 1859-1863 and editor of the American Agriculturalist from 1863 until his death in 1890

About plant names...

They are found in open slopes or canyons, on sandy to rocky soils and desert shrublands, from elevations of 4000-8000' (1.2-2.4 km).

Plants: Short-lived perennial, 14-39" (35-100 cm) tall, sometimes branched. Stems are sometimes woody at the bottom. Higher up, they are somewhat hairy and often tinged with purple.

Leaves: Needlelike, succulent, deeply divided, about ¹/₃₂" (1 mm) around, shiny or slightly hairy.

Flowers: Produces extensive flowers, all on one side of the plant. Each flower is tubular, with the corolla (the long thin throat) 1¼-1¾" (3.5-5 cm) long and lavendar-colored. The open portion of the flower is bluish-purple. The calyx is another ⅛-⅜" (6-10 mm) long. They appear from August to October.

Fruits: Capsules are ¼-⅜" (8-10 mm) long, containing 5-9 seeds per locule.

Online References:

Ipomopsis thurberi on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Ipomopsis thurberi (El Paso skyrocket)

8/31/2014 · NM
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 21 cm)

Ipomopsis thurberi description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Ipomopsis thurberi (El Paso skyrocket)

8/31/2014 · NM
≈ 7 × 6" (18 × 14 cm)

Ipomopsis thurberi (El Paso skyrocket)

8/31/2014 · NM
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 21 cm)

Ipomopsis thurberi (El Paso skyrocket)

8/31/2014 · NM
≈ 9 × 7" (22 × 17 cm)

Ipomopsis thurberi (El Paso skyrocket)

8/31/2014 · NM
≈ 9 × 7" (24 × 18 cm)


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