|Photo 1. General image of Abronia latifolia
Abronia latifolia, commonly known as yellow sand-verbena, is a provincially red listed flowering plant in BC. Federally it is not listed. It is part of the four o'clock family. It is a dicot with a perennial lifecycle. They are commonly found in beach or sand dune habitats.
Abronia latifolia is a flowering plant that is to 2 m long. The leaves are thick or fleshy. The leaf shape is cordate (heart-shaped, with the petiole or stem attached to the notch), deltoid (shaped like greek letter delta, triangular, stem attaches to side) or subotuse. Their surface is flat or smooth. Their edges are entire. Leaves are arranged opposite. Leaves are 1.5 - 5 cm and .8 - 2.5 cm. The stems form is creeping. The stem is brown in colour and has a hairy surface. The flowers have 5 green, yellow or orange pedals or sepals. Flowers are .5 cm and .5 cm. Fruit are green, brown or black in colour and approximately 10 mm and 5 mm. The fruit are winged. It has a fusiform, tap or hairy root structure.
Their prefered habitat is beach or sand dune. Sun exposure is typically full sun. They typically grow in sandy soil. Moisture requirements are dry. And the pH requirements are neutral. It can be found from 0 m to 0 m in elevation. It can be found in British Columbia, Canada. Abronia latifolia is found in the coastal-douglas-fir or coastal-western-hemlock biogeoclimatic zone(s). It is found in North America. It has been observed in Tofino, Ucluelet or Pacific Rim National Park.