Mirabilis laevis

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Mirabilis laevis
Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia 001.jpg
Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Genus: Mirabilis
M. laevis
Binomial name
Mirabilis laevis

Mirabilis laevis, the desert wishbone-bush,[1] is a recently redefined species of flowering plant in the four o'clock family. Distribution is in the Southwestern United States and northwest Mexico.


Mirabilis laevis now includes the common California chaparral plant known as wishbone bush (formerly Mirabilis californica), and several very similar relatives previously classified as separate species and now as varieties.[2][3]



  1. ^ "Mirabilis laevis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b (Choisy) Spellenberg, 2001
  3. ^ UC—Jepson: Mirabilis laevis . accessed 6.16.2012
  4. ^ UC—Jepson: Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia . accessed 6.16.2012
  5. ^ UC—Jepson: Mirabilis laevis var. retrorsa . accessed 6.16.2012
  6. ^ UC—Jepson: Mirabilis laevis var. villosa . accessed 6.16.2012
  • Spellenberg, R. & S. R. Rodriguez Tijerina. (2001). Geographic variation and taxonomy of North American species of Mirabilis, section Oxybaphoides (Nyctaginaceae). Sida 19:3 539-570.

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