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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Ruellia simplex   FAMILY Acanthaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia caerulea   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ruellia simplex, older name for R. tweediana & R. coerulea (Ezcurra & Daniel, 2007)
Ruellia simplex

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-03-004:
Ruellia brittoniana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ruellia malacosperma

 

COMMON NAME:
Mexican Bluebell, Mexican Petunia


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image of Ruellia simplex, Mexican Bluebell, Mexican Petunia

Keith Bradley    kab_r_tweediana_77956

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Calyx lobes linear, 3.5-10mm long. Corolla tube about equaling throat, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ruellia simplex, Mexican Bluebell, Mexican Petunia

Keith Bradley    kab_r_tweediana_77968

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Ruellia simplex, Mexican Bluebell, Mexican Petunia

Keith Bradley    kab_r_tweediana_77976

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Corolla lobes to 2cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Ruellia simplex   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia caerulea   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ruellia simplex, older name for R. tweediana & R. coerulea (Ezcurra & Daniel, 2007)
Ruellia simplex

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-03-004:
Ruellia brittoniana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ruellia malacosperma

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2905

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: eastern Mexico

Rare

Habitat: Disturbed areas, commonly cultivated, especially in maritime situations along the south Atlantic and Gulf coasts, persistent and spreading (including by seed) to adjacent areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Petioles absent or to 2cm long

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue-violet (rarely pink)
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
4 included stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers in open cymes

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brown/Yellow-brown
Capsule

 

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