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Green-flower Macromeria Macromeria viridiflora


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Green-flower Macromeria
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Alternate name: Giant-trumpets

Family: Boraginaceae, Borage view all from this family

Description A hairy, leafy plant with several stout stems in a clump and pale, hairy, trumpet-shaped flowers in large coils at ends of upper branches.
Habit: native perennial herb.
Height: to 3 ft (1 m)
Leaf: wide, lanceolate, hairy, prominent parallel veins, 2-5 in (50-125 mm) long, becoming smaller above.
Flower: yellow-green to white funnel, 5-parted, 1.5 in (4 cm) tall; with pointed lobes and slightly protruding stamens.
Fruit: dry nutlet in 4 parts.

Flower July to September.

Habitat Rocky slopes and valleys in pinewoods from moderate to high elevations.

Range Eastern Arizona and southern New Mexico south to Mexico.

Discussion Also known as giant-trumpets, pearlseed. Two varietes are recognized. The flowers of this species are long for the family. Its leaves and flowers were dried and mixed with wild tobacco (Nicotiana) for Hopi rain-bringing ceremonies.