|Scientific Name||Krameria lanceolata||USDA PLANTS Symbol||KRLA|
|Common Name||Trailing Ratany, Trailing Krameria||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||26754|
|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: Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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