Dalea frutescens

(Black Dalea)


Dalea frutescens, Walnut Creek Park, Austin, Travis Co. 0852


Dalea formosa, Balanced Rock, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend National Park 5526/5543

Scientific Name Dalea frutescens USDA PLANTS Symbol DAFR2
Common Name Black Dalea, Black Prairie-clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26617
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, rocky areas, roadsides.
Plant: Showy (when in bloom), open, rounded shrub, 1 to 3 feet tall; light gray to straw-colored, striate stems.
Leaves: Alternate, odd-pinnately-compound leaves 1/4 to 1 inch long with 9 to 17 very small obovate leaflets, each 1/8 to 1/3-inch long; may have a notched tip; smooth upper surfaces, gland-dotted beneath.
Inflorescence: Short terminal spikes of up to 30 rose pink pea-like blossoms, each 1/2-inch long or less; calyx lobes do not have feathery plumes like D. formosa.
July to October.
Reference: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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