Lygodesmia juncea

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Scientific Name Lygodesmia juncea USDA PLANTS Symbol LYJU
Common Name Rush Skeletonweed, Rush Skeletonplant ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503623
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 9000 ft.); sandy to silty soils on the high plains; prairies, open and disturbed areas.
Plant: Perennial with bluish-grey stems that are erect to ascending or lying near the ground, much-branched with longitudinal striations.
Leaves: Lower stem leaves are narrow, linear, 1/4 to 1-1/4 inches long hairless and with entire margins and acute tips; may be gone by flowering; upper leaves reduced to short scales.
Inflorescence: Single or multiple, light purple to pink (rarely white) blossoms 1/2 to 3/4-inch across with (usually) 5 rays and toothed at tips; each ray with one protruding stigma; cylindrical involucres 3/8 to 5/8-inch long, with 5 to 7 light green, hairless phyllaries.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, American Southwest, Minnesota Wildflowers and Flora of North America.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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