|Scientific Name||Phlox mesoleuca||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PHME2|
|Common Name||Thread-leaf Phlox||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||30962|
|Description||Habitat: Dry, rocky areas in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas and New Mexico.
Plant: Perennial with few slender decumbent, ascending or erect stems 6 to 12 inches long or more depending on climate and growing conditions; stems and leaves moderately covered with pubescent, glandular hairs.
Leaves: Narrow, opposite leaves from a few (~5) nodes along stems; linear blades 2 to 3-1/2 inches long and less than 1/5-inch wide and sessile.
Inflorescence: A few pink or purple (or, less common, white) flowers 1 inch or more across with white center; corolla tube opens to 5 ovate lobes.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Corell and Johnston and American Southwest.
Note: Some authorities, including iNaturalist, have suggested that P. mesoleuca is actually a synonym for P. nana.
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