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Chilopsis linearis (Cav.) Sweet

Desert willow

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyBignoniaceaeAfter the Abbe Jean Paul Bignon (1662-1743)
GenusChilopsisFrom the Greek cheilos, “a lip,” and -opsis, “resemblance,” and thus referring to the distinctly lip-like shape of the calyx
SpecieslinearisLinear, parallel-sided

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Chilopsis linearis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Chilopsis linearis (desert willow)

8/27/2014 · Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center, New Mex­ico

Chilopsis linearis (desert willow)

5/24/2009 · Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ari­zona · ≈ 3 × 2″ (7.9 × 5.3 cm)


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