Ruellia californica (J R Rose) I M Johnston
Rama Parda, Sonoran Desert Ruellia, Purple Ruellia, Wild Petunia, Purple Petunia
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Lamiales||Aromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary|
|Family||Acanthaceae||Acanthus family, of tropical herbs and shrubs|
|Genus||Ruellia||Named for physician and botanist Jean Ruel, whose translation of Dioscorides, Materia medica, written in 65 AD, became the basis for modern pharmaceutical and herbal writing|
About plant names...
Rama parda is native to Baja California, Mexico.
Identification: These evergreen shrubs are 24-48" (60-121 cm) high,
and are common in arroyos.
Leaves are 6-12" (15-30 cm) long and only ½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm) wide, like grass blades (“lanceolate”).
Leaves are dark green to metallic blue in color.
Blooms are trumpet-shaped, bright purple, similar in appearance to petunias. Each flower is about
1-2" (2.5-5 cm) around. When crushed, the resinous leaves have a strong odor.
Ruellia californica at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Ruellia californica on Desert-tropicals.com
Ruellia californica on
Ruellia californica at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Sonoran Desert Digital Library
Ruellia californica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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7/15/2020 · Islands in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico · By Constance B. Kent
Range: Zones 9-9b:
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