Dalea species [Fabaceae]

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Scientific Name Dalea enneandra USDA PLANTS Symbol DAEN
Common Name Nine-anther Prairie-clover, Bigtop Dalea ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26609
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry rocky calcareous or silty soils in prairies, hillsides and roadsides.
Plant: Erect perennial 20 to 40 inches tall with 1 to 3 stems; leafy branches above.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves are 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches long, divided into 5 to 9 linear or narrowly oblong leaflets 1/4 to 1/2 inch long; gland-dotted beneath.
Inflorescence: Slender, drooping spike of a few to many widely separated sessile (or nearly so) flowers; prominent bracts broadly ovate 1/8 to 1/6 inch long; calyx tube about 1/8 inch long, 5 calyx teeth 1/8 to 1/6 inch long; pea-like flowers with white corolla 1/3 to 1/2 inch long, 9 stamens.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Kansas Wildflowers and Montana Field Guide.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native
Scientific Name Dalea phleoides var. microphylla USDA PLANTS Symbol
DAPHM
Common Name Slim-spike Prairie-clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
192907
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils in open woods and open meadows.
Plant: Bushy, spreading perennial 8 to 24 inches tall, many tangled stems.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves usually with 25 to 41, silky-hairy or smooth leaflets, each about 1/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Long cone-shaped flower heads observed at about 1-1/2 to 2 inches long, with countless white-petal flowerswith yellow stamens; flower stems (peduncles) covered with small glands.
Bloom Period: June to early July; September.
References: Shinners & Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas and observation at Bastrop State Park.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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