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Dalea cylindriceps  Barneby
Grant County, Kansas (Marion McGlohon photo)
Height: (4-)12-32 inches
Family: Fabaceae - Bean Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August, September
Stems: Erect, usually simple, glabrous proximal to spike, glandular-punctate.
Leaves: Alternate, usually odd-pinnately compound, rarely pinnately compound, 1.2 to 2.8 inches; leaflets 7-9, blade oblanceolate to oblong or elliptic, .5 to 1 inch long, .04 to .2 inch wide, margins entire, tip acute to acuminate, surfaces sparsely glandular-punctate abaxially.
Inflorescences: Spikes, terminal, dense, cylindric, .8 to 7 inches long, .35 to .5 inch wide; axis not visible.
Flowers: Not strongly papilionaceous, abaxial petals not forming obvious keel; calyx campanulate, .13 to .17 inch, densely pilose externally, tube .07 to .09 inch, lobes ovate to lanceolate, .05 to .09 inch; corolla white to pale pink or yellowish white, petals 5; banner .18 to .24 inch; stamens 5, fused in a single unit.
Fruits: Legumes, ovate, straight, somewhat flattened in cross section, enclosed in persistent calyx, .1 to .12 inch, pilose distally; seeds .07 to .08 inch.
Habitat: Sandsage prairies, sand dunes, and sandy flood plains.
Distribution: Southwest corner of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: cylindriceps, cylinder and head, alluding to the inflorescence.

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