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 This is a native species.

Glandularia wrightii
Glandularia wrightiiSynonyms: Glandularia bipinnatifida, Verbena bipinnatifida, Verbena wrightii. (Wright's Vervain)
Verbenaceae (Vervain Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Openings, meadows, woodlands. Spring, summer.
Zuni-Acoma Trail, El Malpais, New Mexico, April 12, 2007.

This lovely plant can be very abundant in meadows, Ponderosa Pine communities, and along trails as it was when these photos were taken.  It enjoys both sandy areas and thrives also in old lava flows and open meadows.  The plants pictured are quite young and will grow typically from six to twelve inches tall and continue flowering for weeks.  Stems are often tinged red and tend to lean outward as the plant elongates and the top gets heavy with flowers and seeds.  G. wrightii appears singly and also in dense clusters.

Glandularia wrightii
 
Glandularia wrightiiSynonyms: Glandularia bipinnatifida, Verbena bipinnatifida, Verbena wrightii. (Wright's Vervain)
Verbenaceae (Vervain Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Openings, meadows, woodlands. Spring, summer.
Zuni-Acoma Trail, El Malpais, New Mexico, April 12, 2007.

Glandularia wrightii takes one of its common names, "Verbena", from untraceable classical Latin sources describing many sacred herbs. "Glandula" is Latin for "acorn" and refers to the shape of G. wrightii's seed.

Johann Gmelin named the genus Glandularia in 1791. Asa Gray named the species shown on this page, Verbena wrightii for Charles Wright who collected the species c. 1850 in New Mexico. Wright (1811-1885) was a teacher, surveyor, and plant collector, most notably with the Mexican Boundary Survey.  Ray Umber renamed the species Glandularia wrightii in his 1979 publication, "The Genus Glandularia".

(Click for more biographical information about Wright.)

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Range map for Glandularia bipinnatifida