Rafinesquia neomexicana A. Gray
New Mexico Plumeseed, Plume-seed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: RANE
A smooth, sparsely-leaved, grayish-green plant with white flower heads at the ends of the few branches. Sap milky.
The genus name honors C. S. Rafinesque, an eccentric early naturalist. Two similar species in the same region are California Plumeseed (R. californica), with smaller heads and the stalk on the fruit longer than the body, and Tackstem (Calycoseris wrightii), with tack-shaped glands beneath the head.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Sometimes with rose or purplish veins abaxially.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Se. California and s. Utah to the tip of w. Texas; south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly flats or slopes in deserts, often supported by shrubs.
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rafinesquia neomexicana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rafinesquia neomexicana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rafinesquia neomexicana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-13
Research By: TWC Staff