Oligomeris linifolia [Resedaceae]

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Scientific Name Oligomeris linifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Lineleaf Whitepuff ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Resedaceae (Mignonette) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Salt or clay flats, gravel bars, rocky areas, pastures, desert washes, sand dunes, creosote scrub, mesquite thickets.
Plant: Erect annual with multiple stems branching from base, 2 to 14 inches tall.
Leaves: Numerous smooth, fleshy, linear leaves crowded along the stem, 3/8 to 1-3/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Many-flowered, with flowers initially densely clustered but later spaced out along spikes up to 6 inches long; very small flowers less than 1/10-inch long with 4 green to white sepals surrounding 2 white or greenish-white petals; 3 protuding yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: February to August.
Fruit: Compressed-spherical capsule about 1/8 inch long and somewhat wider, 4-parted, opening at tip.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Corell and Johnston, SEINet, and Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Note: Images below show plants with foliage and flowers that had turned light reddish-orange and fruit capsules cream-white.
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