Dalea species [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Dalea formosa USDA PLANTS Symbol DAFO
Common Name Feather Dalea, Featherplume ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26616
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Gravelly or rocky soils, dry slopes and flats from 2,000-6,500 ft, generally from West Texas and Big Bend to the Panhandle.
Plant: Low shrub 2 to 3 feet tall with many crooked, tangled, unarmed woody stems.
Leaves: Alternate, odd-pinnately-compound leaves 1/4 to 1 inch long with 7 or 9 very small, thick leaflets, each less than 1/8-inch long, often folded; smooth upper surfaces, gland-dotted beneath.
Inflorescence: Terminal clusters of 2 to 10 pea-like blossoms, each 1/2-inch long or less; feather-like, gray/white calyx lobes; corolla with rose-pink to purple wings and keel and yellow/white banner.
Blooming period: June-September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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