Lechea tenuifolia [Cistaceae]

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Scientific Name Lechea tenuifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol LETE
Common Name Narrow-leaf Pinweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22298
Family Cistaceae (Rockrose) Flora of North America Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry, sandy or gravelly soils along roadsides, in fields and open woods.
Plant: Light green, erect, much-branched perennial 5 to 10 inches tall with hairy stems; broom-like.
Leaves: Alternate, hairy very narrow needle-like linear leaves 1/4 to 3/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Racemes of small (less than 1/4-inch across) dark red flowers, on short, upward-pointing pedicels arising from leaf axils; blossoms with 5 sepals, 2 outer ones longer than and unlike the inner; 3 petals, 6 to 15 stamens with dark red filaments and whitish anthers.
Note: L. tenuifolia is similar to the Texas endemic L. san-sabeana, which is shorter and with blossoms only along one side of the stems on longer pedicels.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Flora of North America.
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