Texas
Wildbuds

Froelichia gracilis

(Slender Snake-cotton)

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Froelichia gracilis, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co. 1472

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Froelichia gracilis, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co. 1473

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Froelichia gracilis, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co. 1475

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Froelichia gracilis, Davis Mountains State Park, Jeff Davis Co. 5892

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Froelichia gracilis, Davis Mountains State Park, Jeff Davis Co. 5897

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Froelichia gracilis, Davis Mountains State Park, Jeff Davis Co. 5900

Scientific Name Froelichia gracilis USDA PLANTS Symbol FRGR3
Common Name Slender Snake-cotton ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20800
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Gravely or sandy soils in open plains, rocky hillsides, along roadsides and railroads, and in waste ground.
Plant: Erect to reclining annual 8 to 24 inches tall; thin slender stems covered with fine, woolly hairs.
Leaves: Linear-lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic leaves clustered near base or bottom 1/3 of stem, 1 to 3 inches long, covered with fine woolly hairs.
Inflorescence: Spikes with spiral clusters of small, white woolly flowers along the stem; cone-shaped perianth with pointed tip, no petals.
Bloom Period: April to October.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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Texas Status:
Native

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