Phacelia species

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Scientific Name Phacelia congesta USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Blue Curls, Blue-curls ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf) Texas A&M Reference
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Description Erect annual plant up to 2-1/2 feet tall; soft, deeply cut leaves with soft hairs; many blossoms grouped together in coiled clusters, each less than 1/2-inch across with 5 overlapping blue petals and protruding stamens. Texas Status
Scientific Name Phacelia infundibuliformus or Phacelia petiolata USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Rio Grande Scorpionweed, Rio Grande Phacelia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf) SEINet Reference
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Description Weak erect/spreading annual; leaflets and stalk leaves deeply lobed; tiny, 2-3 mm, blue five-petaled blossoms born atop racemes with many buds, each 4-5 mm long. Found at Ernst Tinaja, April 2015. This plant is rare but found in Brewster County according to USDA Plants. It could be mis-identified and be P. petiolata instead, except for leaf shape (See Rare Plants of Texas by Poole, et al). Texas Status

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