Dalea species

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Scientific Name Dalea aurea USDA PLANTS Symbol
DAAU
Common Name Golden Dalea, Golden Prairie-clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26599
Family Fabaceae (Pea) Wildflower Center Ref.
Description Habitat: Dry, gravelly, calcareous soils.
Plant: Erect perennial 8 to 20 inches tall, one to several stems.
Leaves: Compound leaves with 3 to 9, silky-hairy leaflets, each about 5/8-inch long.
Inflorescence: Cone-shaped flower heads 3/8-inch long, surrounded by 5 yellow petals.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Dalea neomexicana USDA PLANTS Symbol
DAFO
Common Name Downy Prairie-clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26633
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Dry, gravelly or clay soils in grasslands, desert flats and roadsides.
Plant: Flat, low-growing perennial less than 2 inches tall; spreading hairy stems up to 8 inches long.
Leaves: Compound leaves up to 1-1/4 inches long with 7 to 15, small hairy, wedge-shaped leaflets with wavy edges, each 1/8 to 1/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Cylindrical spikes up to 3/4-inch long with many small blossoms with creamy yellow petals usually hidden by their hairy calyces.
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Dalea wrightii USDA PLANTS Symbol
DAWR
Common Name Wright's Prairie-clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26654
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Dry environments; various soils; grasslands, washes, open flats.
Plant: Low perennial several erect to ascending stems 4 inches long or less; stems and leaves covered with silky hairs.
Leaves: Compound leaves 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long with 5-7 leaflets per leaf; leaflets 1/10 to 2/10-inch long, elliptic to obovate with pointed tips, hairy surfaces.
Inflorescence: Stout, dense spikes 7/8 to 2-3/8 inches long with many yellow, pea-like flowers, petals fading to a rose or purplish color; hairy, green, pointed bracts about 1/3-inch long.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, www.americansouthwest.net and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native

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