|Scientific Name||Chloracantha spinosa||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CHSP11|
|Common Name||Spiny Chloracantha, Mexican Devil-weed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||506896|
|Description||Habitat: Moist, saline soils on riverbanks, bottomlands, ditch banks.
Plant: Perennial, colony-forming subshrub 20 to 60 inches tall; erect, wandlike, green stems, lower portions usually thorny and often thornless above.
Leaves: Oblanceolate, alternate and sessile blades 3/8 to 1-5/8 inches long; edges are entire or rarely with 1 or 2 pairs of small teeth; early deciduous.
Inflorescence: Single or loose clusters of small composite flowerheads, 3/8 to 5/8-inch across, each flower with 20 to 33 white rays and 25 to 70 yellow disc florets; cylindrical involucre with lanceolate phyllaries graduated in a series of 4 or 5 with rounded tips and transparent edges.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: SEINet and Jepson Herbarium.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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