Texas
Wildbuds

Krameria lanceolata

(Trailing Ratany)

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Krameria lanceolata, Wild Basin Preserve, Austin, Travis Co. 5627

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Krameria lanceolata, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 3987

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Krameria lanceolata, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 4013

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Krameria lanceolata, Wild Basin Preserve, Austin, Travis Co. 5604

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Krameria lanceolata, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 4019

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Krameria lanceolata, Wild Basin Preserve, Austin, Travis Co. 5609

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Krameria lanceolata, Caprock Canyons State Park, Upper Canyon Trail, Briscoe Co. 9522

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Krameria lanceolata, Pace Bend Park, Travis Co. 4024

Scientific Name Krameria lanceolata USDA PLANTS Symbol KRLA
Common Name Trailing Ratany, Trailing Krameria ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26754
Family Krameriaceae (Krameria) SEINet
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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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Map Color Key
Texas Status:
Native

Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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