Texas
Wildbuds

Chamaesaracha sordida

(Hairy False Nightshade)

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Chamaesaracha sordida, The Nature Conservancy, Marathon, Brewster Co. 5171

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Chamaesaracha sordida, The Nature Conservancy, Marathon, Brewster Co. 5179

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Chamaesaracha sordida, Upper Canyon Trail, Caprock Canyons State Park, Briscoe Co. 7943

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Chamaesaracha sordida, Upper Canyon Trail, Caprock Canyons State Park, Briscoe Co. 7951

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Chamaesaracha sordida, Upper Canyon Trail, Caprock Canyons State Park, Briscoe Co. 7948-1

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Chamaesaracha sordida, Upper Canyon Trail, Caprock Canyons State Park, Briscoe Co. 7948-2

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Chamaesaracha sordida, The Nature Conservancy, Marathon, Brewster Co. 5172

Scientific Name Chamaesaracha sordida USDA PLANTS Symbol CHSO
Common Name Hairy Five-eyes, Hairy False Nightshade ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 30511
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Drier sandy or gravelly soils in fields, roadsides, other disturbed locations.
Plant: Sprawling, somewhat erect perennial, extensively branched from base with stems 2 to 12 inches long; foliage with short, glandular pubescence hairs and longer, non-glandular hairs.
Leaves: Greyish-green, alternate, lanceolate, elliptic, or rhombic hairy leaves; relatively narrow compared to C. villosa, 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches long and about 1/4-inch wide with wavy margins, sometimes shallow-toothed and pointed or rounded tips; bases tapering, and nearly sessile.
Inflorescence: Single small, star-shaped pale cream-yellow, greenish flowers on slender pedicels 1-1/2 inches long arising from leaf axils; each flower 3/8-inch across with five lobes with dark yellowish star pattern in center; 5 stamens with tan anthers and five tufts of white cottony hairs near the base of the stamens.
Bloom Period: March to October.
References: SEINet and American Southwest
BONAP Distribution Map


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Texas Status:
Native

Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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