Liatris species

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Scientific Name Liatris punctata var. mucronata (Liatris mucronata) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Narrowleaf Gayfeather, Gayfeather ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Erect perennial with stiff, unbranched stems, 1 to 3 ft. tall, growing in wide-spreading clump; narrow, crowded leaves becoming progressively smaller upward; tufted, purple or pink flowers densely congested in a long spike on the upper part of the stem. Description excerpt from Texas Status
Scientific Name Liatris pycnostachya USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Cat-tail Gayfeather, Prairie Blazing Star ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy, moist or dry soils in prairies and open woods, general in piny woods of East Texas, but also in Bastrop County.
Plant: Erect perennial with one or more stiff, unbranched stems, 2 to 4 ft. or more tall, somewhat hairy with dark longitudinal striations.
Leaves: Linear to narrowly oblanceolate or oblanceolate stem leaves up to 4 inches long and 3/8 to 1/2 inch wide near base becoming progressively smaller upward; hairy.
Inflorescence: Composite flowers spaced out in a long spike along the upper part of the stem; heads generally sessile (without peduncles), each flower head with green to purple spreading phyllaries below 5 to 12 pink florets (no rays), each surrounded by purplish pappus hairs.
References: Descr. adapted from "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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