Mirabilis (plant)

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Mirabilis jalapa
Mirabilis jalapa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Genus: Mirabilis
Riv. ex L. (1753)

Mirabilis coccinea
Mirabilis expansa
Mirabilis jalapa
Mirabilis longiflora
Mirabilis multiflora

Mirabilis is a genus in the family Nyctaginaceae, perhaps the best know genus in the family. Its most famous species is Mirabilis jalapa, the Four-o'clock flower. Also see Mirabilis longiflora.

There are several dozen species in the genus, of herbaceous plants, mostly found in the Americas. Sometimes they have tuberous roots which enables them to perennate through dry and cool seasons. They have small, deep-throated flowers, often fragrant.

Although best known as ornamental plants, at least one species, Mirabilis expansa, mauka, is grown for food.

External links :

  • Mirabilis in the Flora of North America
  • NCBI Taxonomy Browser
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