Valerianella amarella

(Hairy Cornsalad)


Valerianella amarella, , McKinney Falls State Park, Travis Co. 1410


Valerianella amarella, , McKinney Falls State Park, Travis Co. 1409


Valerianella amarella, , McKinney Falls State Park, Travis Co. 1413

Scientific Name Valerianella amarella USDA PLANTS Symbol VAAM2
Common Name Hairy Cornsalad ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35387
Family Valerianaceae (Valerian) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky, calcareous soils in prairies or open or wooded hillsides and low grounds; mostly in Central Texas.
Plant: Annual 6 to 12 inches tall, single smooth, dichotomous-branched stems (i.e. branching into pairs) from base.
Leaves: Pairs of opposite, sessile leaves, 3/8 to 2-3/8 inches long; lower are obovate-spatulate; upper are oblong-obovate; entire or somewhat wavy margins.
Inflorescence: Upper stems produce flat-topped clusters about 1/2 to 3/4 inch across of 4 to 12 small white flowers about 1/8-inch across, 5 petals, 3 protruding white stamens and single, bent, protruding style.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and Vascular Plants of Williamson County.
Note: The plant itself is hairless; the common name refers to the hairiness of the seed capsule (achene).
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