Chrysactinia mexicana [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Chrysactinia mexicana USDA PLANTS Symbol CHME3
Common Name Damianita ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 37041
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy and limestone soils, caliche, outcrops, in desert plains and mountains; 600 to 7000 ft.
Plant: Short, leafy, spreading shrubby perennial 8 to 16 inches tall with a woody base.
Leaves: Many, very crowded, dark green, alternate , linear stem leaves 1/4 to less than 1 inch long; aromatic when crushed.
Inflorescence: Composite yellow flowers about 3/4 inch across or less on peduncles 1 to 2 inches long; each blossom with ~12 three-toothed ray petals and 20 to 25 5-toothed disk flowers; visible below the rays, the pappus bristles extend beyond the single layer of ~12 greenish-yellow phyllaries.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Southwest Desert Flora.
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