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[Crassina grandiflora (Nutt.) Kuntze]
Subshrubs, 8-22 cm (rounded or flat-topped). Stems greenish, much branched, strigillose. Leaf blades 1- or 3-nerved (some larger leaves), linear, 10-30 × 2-3 mm, strigose to scabrous. Peduncles to 11 mm. Involucres narrowly campanulate to cylindric, 5-8 × 5-8 mm. Phyllaries oblong, often becoming scarious, glabrous or appressed-hairy distally, apices obtuse, erose-ciliate (red-tipped). Paleae yellowish (often red-tipped), apices obtuse, erose. Ray florets 3-6; corollas bright yellow, laminae ovate to orbiculate, mostly 10-18 mm. Disc florets 18-24; corollas red or green, to 10 mm, lobes 1 mm. Cypselae 4-5 mm, 3-angled (ray) or angular or compressed (disc), ribbed, scabrellous; pappi 0 or of (1-)2(-4) unequal awns. 2n = 42. Flowering spring-fall. Dry, often slopes, mesas, shortgrass prairies, calcareous soils; 600-2200 m; Ariz., Colo., Kans., N.Mex., Okla., Tex.; Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora, Zacatecas).
Plant: Subshrub usually <30 cm Leaves: leaves opposite, entire, 1-ribbed