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Froelichia gracilis (Hook.) Moq.
Slender snakecotton, Snake-cotton
Synonym(s): Froelichia braunii, Oplotheca gracilis
USDA Symbol: frgr3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)
The slender snakecotton rows 1–2 feet high and is unbranched except for the flower stems. These are covered with soft, minute hairs. The flowers, also, are almost covered with these woolly hairs, so that in some cases only the end of the flower is visible, though this might not be apparent without a magnifying glass. They have no petals, but the black-tipped white bracts give the flower head a black-and-white appearance. The flower head, or cluster, 1/2–1 1/2 inches long, is sometimes attached directly to the stem, but more often grows on a flower stem 1/2–5 inches long. The slender leaves are at the base of the plant.
The Amaranthaceae are a family of annual or perennial herbs with small, crowded flowers. There are usually 5 sepals and no petals. Filaments of the stamens are often united into a short tube.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Flowering summer in North, year-round in extreme South.
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:
Fredericksburg Nature Center
- Fredericksburg, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-759
Collected 2010-08-28 in Caldwell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff