Stenaria nigricans var. nigricans [Rubiaceae]

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Scientific Name Stenaria nigricans var. nigricans (Hedyotis nigricans var. nigricans, Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans) USDA PLANTS Symbol STNIN
Common Name Diamondflowers, Baby's Breath, Bluets ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 846093
Family Rubiaceae (Madder) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Widespread; usually dry sandy or calcareous soils.
Plant: Upright to sprawling, smooth, slender perennial 2 to 20 inches tall, with one or more stems, much-branched.
Leaves: Narrow, linear, opposite leaves, 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches long; prominent mid-rib; pair of smaller leaves at nodes.
Inflorescence: A few to many small white, pink or pale lavender funnel-shaped blossoms arranged in cymes, each about about 3/8-inch across with normally 4 (or 5?) pointed, fuzzy, spreading lobes; flowers are heterostylic (some flowers having longer stamens and short styles; others just the opposite), may have blue anthers atop short, white filaments; greenish-white style.
Bloom Period: April to November.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill country" by Marshall Enquist, Missouriplants.com, and SEINet.
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