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wedgeleaf prairie clover


(1.5–)2–6 dm, with scattered, small, raised glands distally.


spikes, densely flowered, inconspicuously involucrate (lowest bracts not subtending flowers), 8.5–10.5(–11) mm diam.;

axis not visible, 1–4(–4.5) cm;

bracts persistent through anthesis, 1–2.5 mm.


(6–)10–35(–40) cm.


5, sometimes with vestiges of alternate filaments, 3.8–4.6 mm, filaments distinct to 0.9–1.2 mm, anthers 0.5 mm.



not conventionally papilionaceous;

banner 3.8–4.4 mm, blade ovate, 1.8 × 1.2 mm; epistemonous petals attached at or abaxial pair just proximal to filament separation, blades 1.6–2 × 0.5–0.9 mm.


asymmetric, recessed opposite banner, 3–4.2 mm, densely pilosulous;

tube 1.8–2.2 mm, with 4–7 blister glands between ribs, lobes ovate.


2.4–2.8 mm, pilosulous distally and gland-dotted.


1.6–1.9 mm.


herbs (sometimes overwintering), erect, ± glabrous proximal to inflorescence.


leaves (1–)1.5–3.5 cm;

leaflets (5–)11–17, blades oblong-oblanceolate or obovate, 4–9 mm.

Dalea emarginata

Phenology Flowering fall–winter.
Habitat Beaches, dunes, sandy soils.
Elevation 0–200 m. (0–700 ft.)
from FNA
LA; TX; Mexico (Tamaulipas, Veracruz)
[BONAP county map]

Dalea emarginata was first described under Petalostemon but was rejected from that genus by D. K. Wemple (1970) because of its annual habit. R. C. Barneby (1977c) considered it to be taxonomically isolated within Dalea. Adaxial surfaces of the leaflets often become a remarkable blue-green in drying, a trait observed also in several other daleas that were placed in Petalostemon and in the evidently distantly related yellow-petaled D. nana. In Texas, D. emarginata is known from the southern half of the state, east of the Big Bend region.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 11.
Parent taxa Fabaceae > subfam. Faboideae > Dalea
Sibling taxa
D. albiflora, D. aurea, D. bartonii, D. bicolor, D. brachystachys, D. cahaba, D. candida, D. carnea, D. carthagenensis, D. compacta, D. cylindriceps, D. enneandra, D. exigua, D. exserta, D. feayi, D. filiformis, D. flavescens, D. foliosa, D. formosa, D. frutescens, D. gattingeri, D. grayi, D. greggii, D. hallii, D. jamesii, D. lachnostachys, D. lanata, D. laniceps, D. lasiathera, D. leporina, D. lumholtzii, D. mollis, D. mollissima, D. multiflora, D. nana, D. neomexicana, D. obovata, D. ornata, D. phleoides, D. pinnata, D. pogonathera, D. polygonoides, D. pringlei, D. pulchra, D. purpurea, D. reverchonii, D. sabinalis, D. scandens, D. scariosa, D. searlsiae, D. tentaculoides, D. tenuifolia, D. tenuis, D. urceolata, D. versicolor, D. villosa, D. wrightii
Synonyms Petalostemon emarginatus
Name authority (Torrey & A. Gray) Shinners: Field & Lab. 17: 84. (1949)
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