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13. Perityle aglossa A. Gray, Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 5(6): 107. 1853.

Rayless rock daisy, bluff rock daisy

Laphamia aglossa (A. Gray) Bentham & Hooker f.

Perennials or subshrubs, 15–45 cm (in rock crevices); glandular-pubescent. Leaves: petioles 8–23 mm; blades ovate, subcordate, or subdeltate, 6–20 × 5–25 mm, margins irregularly lobed, laciniate, serrate-dentate, or shallowly 3-lobed. Heads borne singly or (2–3) in corymbiform arrays, 8–11 × 4–8 mm. Peduncles 10–25 mm. Involucres campanulate. Phyllaries 14–24, linear to linear-lanceolate, (5–)6–10 × 0.5–1 mm, apices long-attenuate. Ray florets 0. Disc florets 20–60; corollas yellow, often pink or purple tinged, tubes 1–1.7 mm, throats tubular, 2.1–3.2 mm, lobes 0.4–0.6 mm. Cypselae oblong to narrowly oblanceolate, (1–)2–3.2 mm, margins prominently calloused, densely ciliate; pappi of 1(–2) antrorsely barbellate bristles 3.5–6 mm plus crowns of hyaline, laciniate scales. 2n = 34.

Flowering spring–fall. Limestone rock crevices; 600–1300 m; Tex.; Mexico (Coahuila).

Perityle aglossa is consistently discoid and occurs in limestone crevices along and near the Rio Grande in Brewster and Terrell counties. A combination of subtle characteristics including shallower leaf lobing, narrower shape and more attenuate apices of the phyllaries, shorter cypselae, and proportionally longer pappus bristles distinguish these plants from the rayless ones of P. parryi.


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