Baccharis texana (Torr. & Gray) Gray

  • Family: Asteraceae (asters, sunflowers, daisies, etc.)
  • Common names: Texas groundsel-tree, prairie false willow
  • Synonym: Linosyris texana

    Small shrub to 60 cm (2 ft) tall, branching from the base. Branches smooth, striate-angled, becoming dark and fissured on older stems. Leaves alternate, sessile, larger ones 2-4 cm (0.8-1.6 in) long and 2-4 mm (0.08-0.16 in) wide, minutely undulate, becoming smaller toward ends of branches. Inflorescence corymbose, staminate and pistillate flowers on separate plants. Flower heads small, with reddish-brown plumose pappus conspicuous and persistent, blooming in Summer.

    Distribution: Southern Great Plains to northern Mexico.
    Habitat: Open mesa country.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Baccharis is derived from the Greek name for some other plant; texana refers to its discovery in Texas.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/8/99
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