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Anoda cristata, Crested Anoda

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Scientific Name: Anoda cristata
Common Name: Crested Anoda
Also Called: Spurred Anoda, Violettas, (Spanish: Violeta, Pintapán)
Family: Malvaceae, Globe Mallow Family
Synonyms: (Anoda acerifolia, Anoda cristata var. brachyantha, Anoda cristata var. digitata, Anoda lavaterioides, Sida cristata)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 2½ feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; stems decumbent to erect, herbage sparsely hirsute with long spreading hairs.
Leaves: Green; alternate, simple, leaf shape triangular to hastate, pubescent.
Flower Color: Purple; flowers solitary from axils, calyx visible in fruit, fruit a dark green schizocarp with 9 to 20 segments.
Flowering Season: August to October.
Elevation: 3,500 to 6,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Common in Arizona along stream and other moist meadows, uncommon in California where it is found in disturbed areas, urban places and gardens.

Recorded Range: Anoda cristata is found mostly in the United States in the mid-west and southern states in: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA ans WV. It is also native to northern and central Mexico and Southward to South America.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Anoda cristata.

U.S. Weed Information: Anoda cristata is listed in: Weeds of Kentucky and adjacent states, Weeds of the United States and Canada and Weeds of the West. Plants included here may become weedy or invasive.

Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: Anoda cristata is listed as a Noxious Weed by the State of Colorado as a noxious weed. (spurred Anoda, B list (noxious weeds). Plants included here are invasive or noxious.

Wetland Indicator: In North America Anoda cristata has the following wetland designations; Arid West, FAC, Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, FAC, Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, UPL, Great Plains, FAC,Midwest, FAC, Northcentral & Northeast, FAC and Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast, FAC.
FAC = Facultative, occur in wetlands and non-wetlands,
UPL = Obligate Upland, almost never occur in wetlands.

Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 7 species in Anoda in the United States; 7 species in Arizona, 2 species in California and 3 species in New Mexico.

The Plant List includes 23 accepted species names for Anoda.

Comments: Crested or Spurred Anoda does not appear to be aggressive or weedy in Arizona.

Date Profile Completed: 11/11/2015, 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.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 11/11/2015).
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 11/11/2105]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 11/11/2015),5049,5050
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information