Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Boerhavia wrightii, Largebract Spiderling

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Scientific Name: Boerhavia wrightii
Common Name: Largebract Spiderling
Also Called: Large-bract Spiderling, Spiderling, Wright's Boerhavia, (Spanish: Makkumi Ha-jewed)
Family: Nyctaginaceae, Four O’clock Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Annual.
Size: Up to 2 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; erect, stems branched from base, glandular hairs
Leaves: Green; leaf shape variable lanceolate to oblong-ovate, leaf tips acute.
Flower Color: White, pale pink; persistent reddish bracts subtending the "flower" which technically is a (perianth) inflorescence spike-like, fruits wrinkled between ridges.
Flowering Season: July to September, August to December in California.
Elevation: Up to 4,000.

Habitat Preferences: Dry, sandy places.

Recorded Range: Largebract Spiderling is found in the southwestern United States in AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX . It is also native to Baja California and northern Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Boerhavia wrightii.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 21 species in Boerhavia in the southern half of the United States. 12 species in Arizona and Texas, 6 species in California, 11 species in New Mexico.

The Plant List includes 243 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Boerhavia. Of these 105 are accepted species names.

Comments: Largebract Spiderling leaves are one of the favorite foods of White-Lined-Sphinx Moth, Hyles lineata and is so named because of its large reddish bracts subtending the "flower" or perianth.

Also see in Southwest Desert Flora Scarlet Spiderling, Boerhavia coccinea, Coulter's Spiderling, Boerhavia coulteri, Fivewing Spiderling, Boerhavia intermedia and Climbing Wartclub, Boerhavia scandens.

Date Profile Completed: 12/9/2015 12/06/2015, updated format 09/28/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
Richard W. Spellenberg, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 4 | Nyctaginaceae | Boerhavia, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. as Boerhavia erecta var. intermedia (accessed 6/2/2012; 07/29/2012; 12/09/2015)
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 12/06/2015).
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 12/9/2015),5215,5220
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information