|Scientific Name||Desmanthus reticulatus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||DERE3|
|Common Name||Netleaf Bundleflower||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||26664|
|Description|| Habitat: Limestone and caliche soils, open prairies and fields; found only in a few counties in Central and South Central and coastal Texas (see BONAP map below).
Plant: Sprawling perennial with weak stems 8 inches to 5 ft. long.
Leaves: Compound stem leaves with 1 to 4 pairs of pinnae (primary segments); each pinna with 4 to 10 pairs of oblong to elliptic or elliptic-obovate leaflets, each less than 0.2-inch long; tips are rounded and may have a small point (mucronulate); surfaces are grayish-green and have reticulate veins, especially lower; margins have short hairs (ciliate).
Inflorescence: Rounded clusters of a few to several very small flowers atop peduncles arising from leaf axils; each flower has 5 sepals joined together in a cup and 5 separated, pointed petals, both greenish-white; each flower with 10 protruding stamens with white filaments and cream-yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: April to June.
Fruit: Pods are 1 to 2 inches long and ~1/8-inch wide; surfaces have reticulate veins; fruiting peduncles are 3 to 6 inches long.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Texas Species Of Desmanthus (Leguminosae) by B.L. Turner.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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