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Palafoxia sphacelata (Nutt. ex Torr.) Cory
Othake, Sand palafoxia
Synonym(s): Othake sphacelata, Polypteris sphacelata
USDA Symbol: PASP
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A slender, erect, sparsely leaved plant, usually glandular-hairy on upper parts, with few pink flower heads at ends of upper branches.
The related Spanish Needles (P. arida) has only very pale lavender disk flowers; on top of the fruit are four slender, pointed scales (the Spanish needles). It is common on sandy flats and in washes from southeastern California west to southwestern Utah and western Arizona.
This genus is named after José de Palafox y Melzi, Duke of Saragossa (1776–1847), a Spanish captain-general, in the war against the invading armies of Napoleon.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Distribution:
Kansas south and southwest to Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Caliche type
BenefitUse Ornamental: Rocky hillside, Wildflower meadow
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TX
Record Last Modified: 2010-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff