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Desmanthus velutinus (Velvet bundleflower)
Richardson, Charmaine

Desmanthus velutinus

Desmanthus velutinus Scheele

Velvet Bundleflower

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: DEVE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

27 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Inflorescence: Terminal
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Stems sprawling, up to about 2 feet long.
Flower: White, petals 5, sepals 5, stamens 10
Fruit: Dry, flattened, several-seeded, dehiscent legume.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: Texas: eastern parts of the Edwards Plateau, parts of the Plains Country, parts of the Trans-Pecos and the Rio Grande Plains; also northern Mexico
Native Habitat: Slopes with limestone or caliche soils

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0267 Collected June 29, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MM-741 Collected 2006-06-15 in Blanco County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Additional resources

USDA: Find Desmanthus velutinus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Desmanthus velutinus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Desmanthus velutinus


Record Modified: 2018-12-03
Research By: TWC Staff, ghh

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