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Tidestromia lanuginosa [Amaranthaceae]

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Scientific Name Tidestromia lanuginosa USDA PLANTS Symbol
TILA2
Common Name Woolly Tidestromia, Honeymat ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20834
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Various soil types (limestone-sandy, gypseous, volcanic, etc.) in woodlands, desert scrub, grasslands, coastal dunes, beaches, disturbed areas and roadsides; 0 to 6900 ft.
Plant: Prostrate or ascending annual, stems branching from base, repeately forked and up to 24 inches long; young stems are yellowish with minute pubescent hairs, becoming dull red dull and smooth with age.
Leaves: Mostly opposite, ovate-orbicular to lanceolate 3/8 to 1-1/4 inches long; lower leaves on petioles up to 1 inch long; surfaces are densely covered with pubescent hairs.
Inflorescence: Tiny, inconspicuous flowers less than 1/16 to almost 1/8-inch long subtended by small leaves and clustered in leaf axils; tepals are yellow and there are 5 stamens and a 2-lobed stigma.
Bloom Period: August to October.
References: Southwest Desert Flora, SEINet and Tidestromia lanuginosa var. laniginosa in "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Introduced

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