E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Abronia latifolia Eschsch.
yellow sand-verbena (coastal sand verbena)
Nyctaginaceae (Four o'clock family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from thick, deep taproot; finely glandular-hairy throughout, including flowers and fruits; stems trailing, to 2 m long; branches short, forming dense mat.
Opposite, thick and fleshy, broadly egg-shaped to kidney-shaped, 1.5-5 cm long, over half as wide; stalks 1-6 cm long.
Inflorescence of many-flowered (17-34), rounded heads, on stout flower stalks 1-6 cm long; bracts in a whorl, usually 5, lance-egg-shaped to broadly elliptic; perianth tube greenish-yellow and 8-10 mm long, widely-flaring into 5-lobed limb 5-7 mm wide, bright yellow or somewhat orange.
Achenes, 8-12 mm long, with 4-5 keel-like wings, narrowing at each end, net-veined.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist coastal beaches and sand dunes in the lowland zone; infrequent on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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