Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus (Pyrrhopappus multicaulis) USDA PLANTS Symbol PYPA4
Common Name Texas Dandelion ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 507140
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Calcareous or clay soils in disturbed sites and prairies.
Plant: Erect annual 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Mostly oblanceolate to lanceolate, usually pinnatifid basal leaves, 3 to 8 inches long; few upper, much smaller leaves with indentations.
Inflorescence: Composite flower heads 3/4 to 1-3/4 inches across with 2 or 3 rows of numerous yellow rays with 5 notches at tips; dark anther tubes protruding from the center disk florets.
Bloom Period: March to June.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Click Here.
Note: All of the references that I have checked indicate that P. pauciflorus rays are yellow with no mention of white. But the last three images below from Val Verde County have white rays with just a tinge of yellow at the tips, and the third image from Bastop County has a mix of white and yellow rays.
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