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7b. Krigia cespitosa (Rafinesque) K. L. Chambers var. gracilis (de Candolle) K. L. Chambers, Sida. 21: 227. 2004.

Texas dwarfdandelion

Apogon gracilis de Candolle in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 7: 79. 1838; Krigia gracilis (de Candolle) Shinners

Involucres 4.5–7 mm in flower, 5.5–8.5 mm in fruit. Ligules 6.5–11 mm. 2n = 8.

Flowering Apr–Jul. Moist clay and sandy soils, pastures, fields, roadsides, and borders of oak-hickory-pine woods and oak savanna, sometimes in disturbed areas; 50–300 m; La., Okla., Tex.

Variety gracilis is known principally from tallgrass prairie and mixedgrass prairie biomes. It was formerly recognized as a species. It was reduced to the rank of forma by K. J. Kim and B. L. Turner (1992), who could find no molecular differences between it and forma cespitosa in their cpDNA and rDNA studies (Kim and T. J. Mabry 1991; Kim et al. 1992b, 1992c). The cypsela morphology and chromosome number are identical; the difference in size of the heads and floral parts is well marked, even in areas of sympatry, except for evidently hybrid plants of intermediate morphology.


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