Palafoxia sphacelata (Nutt. ex Torr.) Cory
Othake, Sand Palafoxia
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Othake sphacelata, Polypteris sphacelata
USDA Symbol: PASP
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: Kansas south and southwest to Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Palafoxia sphacelata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Palafoxia sphacelata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Palafoxia sphacelata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-03-18
Research By: TWC Staff