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Krameria erecta (Littleleaf ratany)
Anderson, Wynn

Krameria erecta

Krameria erecta Willd. ex Schult.

Littleleaf Ratany, Range Ratany

Krameriaceae (Krameria Family)

Synonym(s): Krameria glandulosa, Krameria imparata, Krameria parvifolia, Krameria parvifolia var. glandulosa, Krameria parvifolia var. imparata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low, grayish, intricately branched, very twiggy shrub with bilaterally symmetrical reddish-lavender flowers.

This species is commonly found among Creosote Bush. Similar species lack glands beneath flowers and have different barb arrangements on prickles of fruit.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Leaf: Gray-Green.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Se. California to w. Texas; n. Mexico.
Native Habitat: Desert slopes, flats, and dry plains.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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