Chamaesaracha species

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Scientific Name Chamaesaracha sordida USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name False Nightshade ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Disturbed sites and scrubby desert slopes and flats; dry, rocky or gravelly soils.
Plant: Sprawling, somewhat erect perennial, extensively branched from base with hairy stems 2 to 12 inches long.
Leaves: Dark green, alternate, lanceolate, elliptic or rhombic hairy leaves 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches long with smooth, lobed or toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Single small, star-shaped pale cream-yellow, greenish flowers on slender pedicels, 3/8 to 5/8 inch across with five lobes.
Bloom Period: March to October.
References: SEINet and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
Texas Status
Scientific Name Chamaesaracha villosa USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Woolly False Nightshade, Trans-Pecos Five-eyes ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Solanaceae (Nightshade) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Deserts.
Plant: Sticky, extensively branched, woody perennial with hairy stems forming mounds from 4 to 12 inches high.
Leaves: Dark green, ovate to ovate-lanceolate very wavy and hairy leaves with scalloped edges 1-1/2 to 2-3/4 inches long often trapping grains of sand or dirt.
Inflorescence: Pale greenish-yellow star-shaped flowers, solitary or in pairs on pedicels about an inch long from leaf axils; blossoms 3/4-inch across with five pointed petals and five tufts of white cottony hairs near the base of the stamens.
Bloom Period: Spring.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status

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