Carlowrightia arizonica – Arizona Wrightwort

Carlowrightia arizonica - Arizona Wrightwort, Arizona Carlowrightia

Carlowrightia arizonica - Arizona Wrightwort, Arizona Carlowrightia

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Carlowrightia arizonica

Common Names: Arizona Wrightwort, Arizona Carlowrightia

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Shrub, Subshrub

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert

Flower Color: White

Flowering Season: Spring

Height: To 3 feet (91 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide and have 2 stamens, 2 lateral petal lobes, 2 upper lobes that are fused together, and a keeled bottom lobe. There is a yellow spot with purple streaks on the upper petal lobe. The leaves are green, simple, opposite, and lance-shaped.

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae – Acanthus family
Genus: Carlowrightia A. Gray – wrightwort
Species: Carlowrightia arizonica A. Gray – Arizona wrightwort

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map