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Stephanomeria pauciflora (Brownplume wirelettuce)
Anderson, Wynn

Stephanomeria pauciflora

Stephanomeria pauciflora (Torr.) A. Nelson

Brownplume Wirelettuce, Brown-plume Desert Straw, Fewflower Wirelettuce, Prairie Skeletonplant

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Lygodesmia pauciflora, Ptiloria pauciflora, Stephanomeria cinerea, Stephanomeria lygodesmoides, Stephanomeria neomexicana, Stephanomeria pauciflora var. parishii, Stephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflora

USDA Symbol: stpa4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
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 , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT , WY

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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