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Mirabilis laevis (Benth.) Curran var. laevis
desert wishbone-bush

General Information
Symbol: MILAL3
Group: Dicot
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Subshrub
Native Status: L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

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Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
MICA6 Mirabilis californica A. Gray California four o'clock
MICAC3 Mirabilis californica A. Gray var. californica California four o'clock
OXLA10 Oxybaphus laevis Benth.
QULA4 Quamoclidion laevis (Benth.) Rydb.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Nyctaginaceae – Four o'clock family
Genus Mirabilis L. – four o'clock
Species Mirabilis laevis (Benth.) Curran – desert wishbone-bush
Variety Mirabilis laevis (Benth.) Curran var. laevis – desert wishbone-bush

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Description of Values

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