Iresine heterophylla [Amaranthaceae]

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Scientific Name Iresine heterophylla USDA PLANTS Symbol IRHE
Common Name Standley's Bloodleaf ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20817
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Humus soils among boulders, on rock ledges, in ravines and pastures: 4,500 to 7,000 ft.
Plant: Erect perennial with solitary or branching stems, 20 to 40 inches tall; stems slightly hairy.
Leaves: Opposite broadly rhombic to ovate with pointed to rounded tips, 1-1/4 to 2-3/8 inches long and 3/4 to 1-5/8 inches wide; lower leaves on petioles short or up to 3/4-inch long; upper sessile or nearly so; upper surfaces smooth or scaley, lower with pubescent hairs.
Inflorescence: Narrow, dense, much-branched panicle of small flowers 4 to 16 inches long and 1-1/4 to 4 inches wide; flowers are about 1/10-inch across or less and have 5 ovate yellowish-white tepals, covered with woolly hairs.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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