Onosmodium molle ssp subsetosum (Mack. & Bush) Cochrane

Western False Gromwell

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum plant

Family - Boraginaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum stemGlabrous lower stem.

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum stemPubescent upper stem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum leaves

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum leaf surfaceAdaxial surface of the leaf.

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum leaf surfaceAbaxial surface of the leaf.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Onosmodium molle ssp. subsetosum flowersFlowers close-up.

Flowering - May - June.

Habitat - Limestone glades, barrens, rocky prairies.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This seemingly plain yet striking species can be found in the Ozark and southwest prairie regions of Missouri. My pictures really don't do the plant justice. It is easy to recognize in the field because of its whitish stems and dark green leaves (which contrast the stem greatly). The erect form of the plant and scorpoid cymes make it a species worthy of cultivation, even if the flowers are small and greenish. This is one of my favorite Missouri species.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-27-03.


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