Psoralidium tenuiflorum

(Slimflower Scurfpea)

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Psoralidium tenuiflorum, Pawnee Buttes, Weld. Co. 7428

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Psoralidium tenuiflorum, Pawnee Buttes, Weld. Co. 7420

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Psoralidium tenuiflorum, Pawnee Buttes, Weld. Co. 7432

Scientific Name Psoralidium tenuiflorum (Pediomelum tenuiflorum) USDA PLANTS Symbol PSTE5
Common Name Slimflower Scurfpea ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 504646
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and Foothills (3800 to 6500 ft.); dry soils in open areas, roadsides, and prairies.
Plant: Ascending to erect perennial 12 to 48 inches tall, herbage somewhat covered with short stiff adpressed hairs (strigose); much-branched.
Leaves: Palmately-divided compound leaves with 3 or 5 leaflets, each obovate or elliptic to oblong-oblanceolate 5/8 to 2 inches long; surfaces studded with dots or tiny holes (punctate);
Inflorescence: Numerous racemes with few to many flower clusters 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches long; small violet to purple (rarely white) pea-like flowers, corollas 1/4-inch long or less.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map


Pediomelum tenuiflorum
Colorado Status:
Native

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