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4a. Stevia ovata Willdenow var. texana Grashoff, Brittonia. 26: 367 fig. 11. 1974.

Texas candyleaf

Perennials, 40–80 cm. Leaves mostly opposite, distal sometimes alternate; petioles (0–)2–10 mm; blades (raised venation mostly including only midvein and primary laterals) ovate to trullate, mostly 3–6 cm, margins serrate. Heads in ± congested, compact clusters. Peduncles 0 or 1–2 mm, sessile-glandular and finely villous. Involucres 4–5.5(–6) mm. Phyllaries sessile-glandular and finely villous, apices rounded to blunt or obtuse. Corollas white or light pink, lobes sessile-glandular. Pappi shorter than corollas.

Flowering Jun–Sep. Rocky sites; 1700–2400 m; Tex.; Mexico (Coahuila).

The type of Stevia rhombifolia Kunth, a name that has been used for plants of var. texana, is referable to var. ovata.


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