Hedypnois cretica [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Hedypnois cretica USDA PLANTS Symbol HAGRT
Common Name Cretanweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 37591
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Disturbed, weedy areas, roadsides.
Plant: Low-growing annual with multiple prostrate stems from base 4 to 12 inches long, ascending to a few inches tall inches; somewhat branched; foliage covered with bristly, irregular white hairs, split at the tips.
Leaves: Alternate, oblong to oblanceolate; pinnately-lobed and upward-pointing; 2 to 6 inches long (upper leaves much smaller).
Inflorescence: One to several dandelion-looking flower heads but smaller (~1/2 inch across); yellow rays have 5 purplish notches at tips. Bell-shaped involucre with light green, linear phyllaries in two rows; ones in upper row have dark tips and curve outward; lower ones are much shorter.
Bloom Period: March and April.
References: ”Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Southwest Desert Flora and www.americansouthwest.net.
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