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Southwest Desert Flora

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Evolvulus sericeus, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory

Evolvulus sericeus, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory, Southwest Desert Flora Evolvulus sericeus, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory, Southwest Desert Flora Evolvulus sericeus, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Evolvulus sericeus
Common Name: Silver Dwarf Morning-glory
Also Called: Silky Evolvulus, Silver Dwarf Morningglory, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory, White Evolvulus
Family: Convolvulaceae, Morning Glory Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 1 foot.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; base woody, spreading or prostrate, slender stems.
Leaves: Green or gray-green, linear, narrowly lanceolate, leaves pubescent below and glabrous above, sessile or with short petioles.
Flower Color: White or light blue, solitary flowers, flared corolla is shaped like a tuba horn, 5 pleats or folds, white anthers, fruit a globose capsule.
Flowering Season: May to September.
Elevation: 3,500 to 5,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Sandy soils in mid and upper-elevations.

Recorded Range: In the United States Evolvulus sericeus is found primarily in the southern states and in Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee; AR, AZ, FL, GA, LA, NM and TX. In Arizona Silver Dwarf Morning-glory occurs primarily in the central and southern parts of the state.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Evolvulus sericeus.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.

Wetland Indicator: In North America Evolvulus sericeus is included on the USDA 2012 National Wetland Plant List as a: UPL, Obligate Upland, almost never occur in wetlands and FACW, Facultative Wetland, usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands species.

Threatened/Endangered Information: The state of Arkansas has listed Evolvulus sericeus as Threatened.

Genus Information: 11 species in Evolvulus recorded in the United States. 4 species in Arizona.

2 varieties in Evolvulus sericeus;
Evolvulus sericeus var. glaberrimus, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory (FL) and
Evolvulus sericeus var. sericeus, Silver Dwarf Morning-glory (same as Recorded Range above).

Comments: Silver Dwarf Morning-glory is one of four species of Evolvulus in Arizona. Also see Evolvulus arizonicus, Arizona Blue-eyes.

Date Profile Completed: 3/31/2015, rev. 07/22/2015, updated format 10/11/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database – ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
Austin, Daniel F. 1998. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. Convolvulaceae 30(2): 61.
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed:3/31/2015]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,