Texas
Wildbuds

Dalea neomexicana

(Downy Prairie-clover)

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Dalea neomexicana, Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park 6473/6483

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Dalea neomexicana, Ernst Tinaja, Big Bend National Park 4623

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Dalea neomexicana, Ernst Tinaja, Big Bend National Park 4611

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Dalea neomexicana, Hwy 118, Big Bend National Park 3799

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Dalea neomexicana, Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park 6464

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Dalea neomexicana, Ernst Tinaja, Big Bend National Park 4616

Scientific Name Dalea neomexicana USDA PLANTS Symbol DAFO
Common Name Downy Prairie-clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26633
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry, gravelly or clay soils in grasslands, desert flats and roadsides.
Plant: Flat, low-growing perennial less than 2 inches tall; spreading hairy stems up to 8 inches long.
Leaves: Compound leaves up to 1-1/4 inches long with 7 to 15, small hairy, wedge-shaped leaflets with wavy edges, each 1/8 to 1/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Cylindrical spikes up to 3/4-inch long with many small blossoms with creamy yellow petals usually hidden by their hairy calyces.
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason.
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Map Color Key
Texas Status:
Native

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

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