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Prenanthella exigua

Prenanthella exigua (A. Gray) Rydb.

Bright White, Brightwhite, Thorny Skeleton Plant

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lygodesmia exigua


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Flower: Ligulate (strap-shaped) florets.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , NM , NV , NY , OR , TX , UT

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-05-17
Research By: CBR

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