Triodanis perfoliata ssp. perfoliata [Campanulaceae]

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Scientific Name Triodanis perfoliata ssp. perfoliata USDA PLANTS Symbol TRPEP
Common Name Clasping-leaf Venus Looking-glass ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 845419
Family Campanulaceae (Bellflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dryer soils in fields, prairies, forests, and disturbed areas; usually considered a weed, widespread in eastern half of Texas and to the north and east.
Plant: Upright or reclining annual with slender weak stems, branched from lower portion; up to 40 inches tall.
Leaves: Stem leaves are small, 1/4 to 3/4-inch long, and about as wide or wider as long, and clasping, rounded to ovate with rounded or pointed tips; edges crenate to serrate.
Inflorescence: One or more flowers arising from leaf nodes; lower ones are cleistogamous (closed and self-pollinating) and very small, dropping early; upper blossoms with 5 blue petals, up to 3/4-inch across with very prominent stigma surrounded by shorter stamens.
Bloom Period: April to May.
References: "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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