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Tripterocalyx carneus
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Tribe: Nyctagineae
Genus: Tripterocalyx
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Tripterocalyx is a small genus of flowering plants in the four o'clock family, Nyctaginaceae. It contains four species formerly included in the closely related genus Abronia , the sand-verbenas. [1] These plants are native to North America, especially the dry desert southwest of the United States. They bloom in heads of several colorful trumpet-shaped flowers. Sandpuffs or sand-verbenas are common names for plants in this genus. [2] [3] [4]


There are four species in the genus Tripterocalyx: [1]

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  1. 1 2 Flora of North America
  2. "Tripterocalyx". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA . Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Tripterocalyx crux-maltae". Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  4. 1 2 "Tripterocalyx micranthus". Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  5. "ITIS Standard Report Page: Tripterocalyx wootonii". Retrieved 14 December 2020.