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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 piņon-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):
Hitchcock, C.L. 1933. A taxonomic study of the genus Nama. American Journal of Botany 20:415-430.
*New Mexico Native Plants Protection Advisory Committee. 1984. A handbook of rare and endemic plants of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
Information Compiled By:
Richard D. Worthington, 1999