Krameria species

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

Scientific Name Krameria erecta USDA PLANTS Symbol
KRER
Common Name Littleleaf Ratany ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
503288
Family Krameriaceae (Krameria) SEINet Reference
Click Here
Description Habitat: Desert environments, open hillsides, rocky flats in middle elevations in Big Bend.
Plant: Low, woody, much-branched shrub up to 2 feet tall, branches densely covered in fuzzy, white hair. Partial root parasites of nearby plants.
Leaves: Small leaves less than 1/2-inch long, linear to linear-lanceolate, alternate, grayish green, and covered in white hair.
Inflorescence: Single flowers borne at leaf nodes, each 1/2-inch across with 5 small petals and 5 conspicuous petal-like, point-tipped, magenta sepals curled inward or straight; petals are divided into 3 flag petals (yellow-green with reddish tips) and two others around the ovary.
Fruit: Nutlike, ball-shaped and covered in fuzzy, usually pinkish hair and red-brown spines with barbs along the length.
References: Descr. adated from www.fireflyforest.com, SEINet, and www.americansouthwest.net.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Krameria grayi (Krameria bicolor) USDA PLANTS Symbol
KRGR
Common Name White Ratany ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
897365
Family Krameriaceae (Krameria) SEINet Reference
Click Here
Description Habitat: Desert environments, lower elevations in Big Bend.
Plant: Low shrub up to 2 feet tall, numerous slender stems well-branched, densely covered in fuzzy, white hair. Partial root parasites of nearby plants.
Leaves: Small, sparse, leaves are linear to oblong, alternate, grayish green, and covered in white hair.
Inflorescence: Single flowers borne at leaf nodes, each 1/2-inch across with 5 small petals and 5 conspicuous reflexed (bent back), petal-like, point-tipped, magenta sepals; petals are divided into 3 flag petals (yellow-green with reddish tips) and two others around the ovary.
Fruit: Nutlike, ball-shaped and covered in fuzzy, usually pinkish hair and red-brown spines with barbed tips.
References: Descr. adapted from www.fireflyforest.com, SEINet, and www.americansouthwest.net
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Krameria lanceolata USDA PLANTS Symbol
KRLA
Common Name Trailing Ratany, Trailing Krameria ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26754
Family Krameriaceae (Krameria) SEINet Reference
Click Here
Description Habitat: Rocky, gravelly or sandy soils; dry rocky prairie hillsides, ravines, and roadsides.
Plant: Low perennial with multiple, trailing, hairy stems from a central root, each up to 40 inches long.
Leaves: Alternate, linear to elliptic, 1/5 to 4/5 inch long; surfaces silky-hairy; pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Single flowers borne at leaf nodes on stalks 1/5 to 1-1/4 inches long; each flower about 1/2-inch across with 5 small petals and 5 conspicuous reflexed (bent back), petal-like, point-tipped, magenta sepals; petals are divided into 3 flag petals (yellow-green with reddish tips) and two others around the ovary.
Fruit: Ball-shaped 1/4 to 1/3 inch diamter, covered in woolly hairs with sharp prickles.
Bloom Period: April to June.
Reference: Descr. adapted from www.kswildflowers.org and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
Texas Status
Native

© Tom Lebsack 2017