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Palafoxia hookeriana var. hookeriana (Sand palafox)
Sweeney, Collene

Palafoxia hookeriana var. hookeriana

Palafoxia hookeriana Torr. & A. Gray var. hookeriana

Sand Palafox

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Polypteris hookeriana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Sand Palafox grows 16-40 inches tall and is unbranched except for the numerous flower stems on the upper third. It is lightly covered with hair, and somewhat sticky. Leaves are 4 inches long or less and 3/4 inch wide. Flower heads have 8-12 rose-colored ray flowers, deeply 3-toothed and about 1/2 inch long, and many rose-colored disc flowers (248).

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.

The species is named for William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), who was Director of Kew Gardens from 1841-1865. He wrote “Flora boreali-americana” and many other works. He was founder and editor of “Journal of Botany”.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: To about 6 feet in height, usually shorter.
Flower: Ray and disc flowers in a radiate capitulum.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct




Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Palafoxia hookeriana var. hookeriana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Palafoxia hookeriana var. hookeriana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Palafoxia hookeriana var. hookeriana


Record Modified: 2018-03-29
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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