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Common Name: Slender Dalea

Other Names: Plume Dalea, Nine-Anther Dalea, Nine-Anther Prairieclover

Species Name: Dalea enneandra

Plant Type: Legume

Family Name: Fabaceae, Pea Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Great Plains, from the Dakotas to Texas
Distribution in Oklahoma Western two-thirds



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Long stems branched above and unbranched below
    • Small leaves with dark gland spots; 7 leaflets per leaf


    • Small white flowers terminating stem branches
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Compound, 1-pinnately, 5-13 leaflets
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Shape: Linear
    • Stipules: Present but inconspicuous (<1 millimeter long)
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 5, fused
    • Flower Color: White
    • Flower Timing: June-September
    • Fruit Type: Legumes



Soil Type Sandy and alluvial soils
Habitat Dry, calcareous, rocky, or sandy soils in prairies and alluvial soils of stream valleys
Successional Stage Late


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