Texas Dandelion, Smallflower Desert-chicory
Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus (D. Don) DC.
Manystem False Dandelion is found growing in calcareous soils of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains and can reach a height of 6 to 18 inches. The stem has small matted hairs and a milky latex when cut. The leaves are crowded at the base and are 3 to 8 inches long with margins that can be lobed, toothed or entire. The flowers consist of only ray flowers that are yellow and toothed at the end. The anther tubes are black to dark purple and very distinctive. Manystem False Dandelion blooms from March to June. The leaves and stems are eaten by white-tailed deer and cattle, while the seeds are eaten by Rio Grande turkeys.
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