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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Texas Skeletonplant   Lygodesmia texana    
Sunflower family — Asteraceae

Also known as:
Purple Dandelion, Flowering Straw, Milk Pink, Skeletonweed, Pink Dandelion

Slides: (click for larger view)


Leaves are scarce on skeletonplant; much of its photosynthesis is accomplished by the green stems, which resemble nondescript green twigs. Skeletonplant can thus be hard to locate except in the late morning and early afternoon, when its large pink flowers are open. It blooms much of the year.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: April, May, June, July, August, October, November

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