|Scientific Name||Liatris cymosa||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LICY2|
|Common Name||Branched Gayfeather, Branched Blazing Star, Aggie-land Gayfeather||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||37916|
|Description||Habitat: Clay-loam, chalky or gravelly soils in grasslands, fields, post-oak woodland openings and fencerows.
Plant: Erect perennial with one or more leafy, branched stems from 8 to 30 inches; with short, stiff or pubescent hairs.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves linear to narrowly oblanceolate, single-nerved (one vein), 3 to 8 inches long, reduced on upper half of stems, sessile to clasping, hairless surfaces and gland-dotted (punctate); stem leaves alternate and linear.
Inflorescence: A few to many purple composite flowers in an open cyme-like arrangement, each head with ~20 to 25 florets (rays are absent); bell-shaped to cylindrical involucre with several series of phyllaries; outer phyllaries almost round and slightly hairy, inner ones with pointed tips and may be purple-tinged.
Bloom Period: July to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Rare Plants of Texas" by Poole, Carr, Price and Singhurst and Flora of North America.
Note: L. cymosa is a rare plant, endemic to a few counties in SE Texas. It is the only Liatris with branched stems. These photos were taken in mid-October, and the blooms were well-past their prime.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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