|Scientific Name||Pyrrhopappus carolinianus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PYCA2|
|Common Name||Carolina False Dandelion, Carolina Desert Chicory||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||38324|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy soils in fields, woodlands, lawns and disturbed sites.
Plant: Erect annual 12 to 40 inches tall; stems usually branching from the base and above and with fine longitudinal ridges; lower portions hairless, upper portions may have soft hairs.
Leaves: Blades 1-1/4 to 10 inches long; basal leaves oblanceolate, edges are entire to pinnatisect; lower stem leaves mostly lanceolate, edges are usually dentate, sometimes pinnately-lobed; upper stem leaves narrowly lanceolate with entire margins or with one or two lobes near their base.
Inflorescence: Solitary or a few yellow heads at stem tips in corymb-like arrays, each up to 2 inches across with 50 to 150 or more rays; rays have 5 notches at tips; dark anther tubes protruding from the center; no disk florets; cylindrical involucre below has green phyllaries in two series, a row of short outer ones at the base and an inner row of much longer ones.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: "Texas Wildflowers" by Michael Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon, Missouri Plants and SEINet.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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