Trailing krameria, Ratany, Crameria, Prairie sandbur, Trailing Ratany
Krameriaceae (Ratany Family)
This is not the sandbur of the Grass Family; however, its burs are just as spiny, though densely covered with white hairs. The flowers and short silky leaves grow on prostrate
branches, up to 2 feet long, from a thick woody root. The 5 wine-red sepals
may be mistaken for the petals, which are smaller and tinged with green, the upper 3 being united. The flowers are about 1 inch broad. Not conspicuous or abundant.
One of the common names sandbur comes from the hard, one-seeded, wooly fruit
covered with barbless spines.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Habitat:
Distribtution is from Kansas to Arizona and south to Chihuahua and Texas. Widespread over Texas, missing only from the wettest, densest pine forests of east Texas.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Two petals of the flower
of this species produce oils which are collected by members of the bee genus, Centris
and fed to their larvae. Centris
spp. are the primary pollinators of Krameria lanceolata
. Conspicuous Flowers: