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Krascheninnikovia lanata   (Pursh ) A. Meeuse & A. Smit
[=Ceratoides lanata  (Pursh ) J. T. Howell]
Gove County, Kansas
Height: 6-20 inches
Family: Amaranthaceae - Amaranth Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July
Stems: Shrubs, monoecious. Stems erect, usually branched basally, densely white- or golden-brown-tomentose with some stellate hairs.
Leaves: Cauline, alternate, simple; petiole 1/16 to 1/7 inch; blade linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2/5 to 1.6 inch long, 1/16 to 1/6 inch wide, base truncate, margins entire, revolute, tip obtuse, without spine-like bristle, densely white- or golden-brown-tomentose with some stellate hairs.
Inflorescences: Spikes or small, dense, head-like clusters of 2-8 minute flowers, axillary; bracts 0 with staminate flowers, 2 with pistillate flowers, ovate, 1/6 to 1/3 inch, densely hirsute, without spine-like bristle at tip.
Flowers: Flowers unisexual, petals absent. Staminate flowers: tepals 4, united basally, white, lobes ovate, 1/50 to 1/25 inch, apex acute, woolly outside, glabrous inside; stamens 4. Pistillate flowers: tepals 0, pistil enclosed in bracteoles; style 0; stigmas 2.
Fruits: Utricles, flattened-ovoid, 1/10 to 1/7 inch, enclosed in 2 bracts; bracts covered with dense tufts of long, white hairs; seeds brown, flattened-obovoid, 1/12 to 1/10 inch.
Habitat: Mixed-grass and short-grass prairies
Distribution: North half of west 1/6 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Forage Value: Provides good winter forage for sheep, pronghorn antelope, elk, and mule deer.
Uses: Native Americans took a decoction of leaves for fevers, used the decoction as a hair wash, and used the cold decoction as a wash for sore eyes; treated burns with the powdered roots; and applied a poultice of chewed leaves to poison ivy rash.
Comments: Named for Russian professor S. P. Krascheninnikova.

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