Alophia drummondii [Iridaceae]


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Scientific Name Alophia drummondii USDA PLANTS Symbol ALDR2
Common Name Propeller Flower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 564998
Family Iridaceae (Iris) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, sandy soils in prairies, grasslands, open woodlands.
Plant: Erect, smooth perennial 6 to 18 inches tall; single or two-branched stems.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves, 2 to 3, narrowly lanceolate, equal to or somewhat taller than flowers; conspicuously veined.
Inflorescence: Terminal blossoms up to 2 inches across with 6 petal-like tepal segments; outer 3 segments velvety purple, broadly rounded in tip portions and yellowish with purple spots toward centers; inner 3 segments much smaller, cupped, deep purple toward tips, yellowish centers. Multiple flowers per stem, but usually one open at a time, wilting by noon.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: SEINet and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilsvsgi.
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