RAYED PALAFOXIA
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Palafoxia sphacelata   (Nutt. ex Torr.) Cory
Kearney County, Kansas (photo by Marion McGlohon)
Annual
Height: 4-36 inches
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Stems: Erect, branched distally, hispid below, stipitate-glandular above.
Leaves: Cauline, opposite proximally, alternate distally; blades lanceolate, 1.2 to 3.6 inches long, .12 to .8 inch wide; margins entire, surfaces scabrous to strigose or puberulent.
Inflorescences: Heads in corymb-like arrays; involucres turbinate; phyllaries 8-14 in 2-3 series, distinct, oblanceolate to linear, .35 to .5 inch long.
Flowers: Ray florets 3-5; corolla pink to pale purple, .6 to 1 inch, ligule .2 to .5 inch. Disk florets 15-35; corolla pink to pale purple, .4 to .6 inch, funnelform, lobes 5.
Fruits: Achenes, obpyramidal, .24 to .35 inch, 4-angled, puberulent; pappus scales 4-10, .28 to .35 inch.
Habitat: Sand and sandsage prairies, sandy mixed-grass prairies, sand dunes, flood plains, dry river and stream beds.
Distribution: West 1/3 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Palafoxia, for Spanish general José de Palafox.

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Kearney County, Kansas (photo by Marion McGlohon)
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(photo by Craig Freeman)