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Palafoxia species [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Palafoxia callosa USDA PLANTS Symbol PACA3
Common Name Small Palafox ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 38148
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Gravelly, calcareous soils in abandoned pastures, hillsides, gravel bars.
Plant: Erect, branched annual 1 to 2-1/2 feet tall.
Leaves: Narrow, 1/4-inch wide lanceolate leaves 1 to 2 inches long covered with minute hairs.
Inflorescence: Light to dark pink or purple flower heads 5/8-inch across, 7 to 12 disk florets with 5 deep lobes; no ray flowers; narrow phyllaries.
Blooming Period: May to September.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Palafoxia hookeriana USDA PLANTS Symbol PAHO
Common Name Sand Palafox ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504093
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, sandy soils in disturbed areas, pastures, prairies, woodland openings.
Plant: Erect, stout, hairy annual 2 to 4 feet tall, upper portion branched.
Leaves: Narrow to broadly lanceolate, alternate leaves 2 to 4 inches long and up to 1 inch wide.
Inflorescence: Loose terminal clusters of flower heads about 1-3/8 inches across; 8 to 12 pale to dark rose-colored rays, deeply 3-lobed, and numerous darker rose-colored disk flowers.
Blooming Period: September and October.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon.
Note: Photos below taken at Wildflower Center in Austin; plant is not native in Travis County.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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