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Eriogonum effusum  Nutt.  var. rosmarindes Benth.
Gove County, Kansas
Height: 12-30 inches
Family: Polygonaceae - Buckwheat Family
Flowering Period:   August, September
Stems: Erect from woody or semi-woody base, shrubby, white-woolly; bark exfoliating.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, overlapping, linear to narrowly oblong, less than 4/5 inch long, entire, edges often rolled back toward lower side, sparingly woolly above, gray-woolly below, base narrowed to stalk.
Inflorescences: Cyme-like, compound 5-7 times, branches nearly erect, somewhat flat-topped; bracts scale-like; flowering stems up to 2 inches long, leafy for about half their length, glabrous or woolly-hairy.
Flowers: Involucres sessile or short-stalked, top-shaped, about 1/10 inch long, glabrous or woolly, teeth rounded or pointed; perianths white or pinkish, glabrous outside; perianth members 6, united basally for about 1/3 of length, petal-like, in 2 series, outer 3 members wider than inner 3 members; stamens 9.
Fruits: Achene, 3-angled, glabrous, 1-seeded.
Habitat: Chalk-flat, mixed-grass prairies; dry soils.
Distribution: Only in the central portion of the west 1/3 of Kansas.
Comments: A variable species endemic to a few western Kansas counties.

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