Dimorphocarpa candicans [Brassicaceae]

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Scientific Name Dimorphocarpa candicans (Dithyrea wislizeni var. palmeri) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Palmer's Spectacle Pod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) Flora of North America Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Sandy soils along roadsides, washes, dunes.
Plant: Erect annual 16 to over 30 inches tall; one or more stems, unbranched lower and branched near the top.
Leaves: Basal leaves up to 2 inches long, lanceolate, with toothed or lobed edges and petiolate; upper stem leaves usually ovate to narrowly oblong, rarely lanceolate, sessile, and less divided or smooth edges.
Inflorescence: Several to many blossoms in a dense terminal cluster, each up to 3/4-inch across with 4 white to lavender petals; base of the petal claw narrow, not spreading.
Fruit: Flat seed pods 1/3 to 3/8-inch across resembling spectacles.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: ”Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Flora of North America.
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