|Scientific Name||Berlandiera texana (Berlandiera betonicifolia)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||BEBE4|
|Common Name||Texas Greeneyes||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||36835|
|Description||Habitat Dry, rocky, calcareous and sandy soils, open woodlands and edges, roadsides and valleys.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 4 feet tall, hairy stems usually unbranched up to the inflorescence.
Leaves: Deep green triangular to ovate, 1-1/2 to 6 inches long and 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches wide, crowded and sessile above, more evenly-spaced below and short-petiolate ; evenly-toothed edges; fine hairs on both surfaces.
Inflorescence: A few composite flower heads in terminal corymb clusters, each up to 2 inches across with 5 to 12 yellow rays with greenish veins visible on the back sides; maroon/red disk florets subtended by green phyllaries that give the disk an overall green appearance; involucre phyllaries (bracts) below rays are wide velvety and overlapping.
Blooming Period: June to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, Missouri Botanical Garden and SEINet
Note: There is some confusion about the species name with some authors using B. texana and others using B. betonicifolia. As far as I can tell, they are the same.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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