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Nama xylopodum
(Cliff nama)

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Family: Hydrophyllaceae

Scientific Name: Nama xylopodum (Wooton & Standley) C.L. Hitchcock

Synonyms: Marilandium xylopodum Wooton & Standley

Vernacular Name: Cliff nama

R-E-D Code: 1-1-2

Description: Herbaceous perennial; stems 5-12 cm long, erect or ascending, freely branching from a woody crown; leaves alternate, oblanceolate to spatulate, sharply pointed, weakly revolute, 5-20 mm long and 2-4 mm wide; stem and leaves grayish and strigose-hispid; flowers solitary or in small terminal clusters; corolla tubular-funnelform, 6-8 mm long, blue, pale lavender, or almost white; stamen bases dilated into free-margined, toothed scales much shorter than the free filaments; seeds reticulate, yellow. Flowers May to September.

Similar Species: None

Distribution: New Mexico, Eddy, Otero, and Chaves counties, Guadalupe Mountains; Texas, El Paso and Culberson counties, Franklin and Guadalupe mountains.

Habitat: Partly shaded limestone cliffs and outcrops in montane scrub to piƱon-juniper-oak woodland; 1,350-2,000 m (4,500-6,500 ft).

Remarks: The species is a member of the crevice and rockface plant community in the Guadalupe and Franklin mountains.

Conservation Considerations: The cliff habitats and remote locations of this species offer considerable protection from human impacts.

Important Literature (*Illustration):

*New Mexico Native Plants Protection Advisory Committee. 1984. A handbook of rare and endemic plants of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

Hitchcock, C.L. 1933. A taxonomic study of the genus Nama. American Journal of Botany 20:415-430.

Information Compiled By: Richard D. Worthington, 1999

Agency Status:
Taxon USFWS State of NM USFS BLM Navajo Nation Natural Heritage NM Global Rank
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Photo credits in header Peniocereus greggii var. greggii © T. Todsen,
Lepidospartum burgessii © M. Howard, Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta © R. Sivinski
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