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Acourtia species [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Acourtia runcinata USDA PLANTS Symbol ACRU3
Common Name Peonia, Featherleaf Desertpeony ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36455
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky calcareous, sandy clay, and gypsum soils in woodlands and desert scrub.
Plant: Low, upright perennial, 3 to 12 inches tall.
Leaves: Flat or upright basal leaves are large, oblong-oblanceolate overall, with deep, rounded lobes with spiny edges; blades up to 9 inches long; petioles from less than 1 inch to 3.5 inches long.
Inflorescence: Small flowers, single or in groups of 3, on stalks up to 12 inches long, each up to 1 inch across, with 25 to 53 florets with pink to lavender corollas.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: Flora of North America, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Acourtia wrightii (Perezia wrightii) USDA PLANTS Symbol ACWR5
Common Name Pink Perezzia, Brownfoot, Wright's Desertpeony ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36457
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Gravelly or sandy soils on rocky slopes, in grasslands and shrublands.
Plant: Erect leafy perennial, usually single-stemmed, 1 to 4 ft. tall.
Leaves: Alternate, lanceolate to elliptic, 1-1/4 to 5 inches long, and sessile; edges are minutely and unevely toothed.
Inflorescence: Clusters of fragrant, small, rayless, composite, flower heads in corymb-like panicles, each head up to 1 inch across, with 8 to 11 florets with pink to lavender or almost white corollas; conspicuous protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: January to November.
References: SEINet, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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