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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Mentheae
Subtribus: Salviinae
Genus: Salvia
Subgenus: S. subg. Calosphace
Sectio: S. sect. Biflorae
Species: Salvia tubiflora

Salvia tubiflora Sm.

Plantarum Icones Hactenus Ineditae, Plerumque ad Plantas in Herbario Linnaeano Conservatas Delineatae. Londini [London] 2: T. 26. 1790

Salvia tubiflora is a perennial native to a small area of western Peru and northern Chile near the tropic of Capricorn, growing at elevations from 800 feet (240 m) to 1,600 feet (490 m).[1]

Salvia tubiflora grows up to 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and 3 feet (0.91 m) wide, with heart shaped yellow-green leaves that reach 4 inches (10 cm) long and 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide. The undersides have prominent veins with tiny hairs arranged in rows. The sparse flowers are a dark cranberry-red color, growing two or three in a whorl, on stiff inflorescences that reach 12 inches (30 cm) long. The 1 inch (2.5 cm) flowers are long, straight and tube shaped, which explains the specific epithet tubiflora. The 0.75 inches (1.9 cm) calyx is an unusual reddish green color and covered with small hairs and glands.[1]

Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9.

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