BAILEY’S RABBITBRUSH
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Lorandersonia baileyi   (Woot. & Standl.) Urbatsch & R. P. Roberts & Neubig
Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County, Kansas
Height: 10-28 inches
Family: Asteraceae
Flowering Period:   August, September
Trunks: Stems single, erect to ascending, green when young, whitish or grayish when older, glabrous or minutely pubescent; branches above the middle sloping upward, somewhat parallel to the stem.
Leaves: Alternate, cauline, ascending to appressed, often crowded; blades linear to linear-oblong, .16 to 1.4 inch long, .02 to .12 inch wide, margins ciliolate, midvein prominent and often purplish, tip acute to acuminate, surfaces glabrous.
Flowers: Heads, discoid, congested in cyme-like or corymb-like arrays .2 to 2.8 inches wide, sometimes borne singly. Involucre obconic to cylindric, .4 to .6 inch tall, .16 to ,24 inch wide. Phyllaries 20-25 in 4-5 series, in vertical ranks, tan, shiny, ovate to oblong or lanceolate, .04 to .4 inch long, .03 to .09 inch wide, unequal, glabrous, margins entire, tip acute to attenuate or acuminate.Ray florets absent; disc florets 5; corollas yellow, .35 to .55 inch, lobes 5; style branches exserted.
Fruit: Achene, brown, turbinate, .2 to .28 inch, conspicuously 4-angled, 5-8 ribbed, surfaces sparsely hairy; pappus of yellowish-tan bristles, .35 to .5 inch long.
Habitat: Sandsage prairies
Distribution: Hamilton, Kearny, and Morton Counties in southwest Kansas.
Origin: Native
Comments: Low perennial shrub.

Bailey’s rabbitbrush
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Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County, Kansas