Nuttallanthus texanus [Plantaginaceae]

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Scientific Name Nuttallanthus texanus (Linaria texana) USDA PLANTS Symbol NUTE
Common Name Texas Toadflax ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503971
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soils in fields, arroyos, stream banks, grassy hillsides and open woods.
Plant: Slender, delicate annual/biennial with erect flowering stems up to 2 feet tall with a few short prostrate stems often from base.
Leaves: Smooth, dark green, rather densely leafy below, more sparse above; leaves on flowering stems linear to linear-oblong, opposite or ternate at base of stem and alternate above, and sessile, up to 1-1/4 inches long; leaves of flowerless stems crowded, ovate, elliptic or linear, up to 3/4-inch long and on short petioles.
Inflorescence: Racemes of very pale violet/blue two-lipped flowers 1/4 to 1/2-inch long; upper lip smaller, two-lobed, lower lip much larger and three-lobed; slender, curved spurs below.
Bloom period: February to May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, and SEINet.
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