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  Thymophylla tenuiloba
  Family Name : Asteraceae (Compositae)

  Synonyms : Thymophylla tenuiloba var. tenuiloba, Dyssodia tenuiloba var. tenuiloba, Dyssodia tenuiloba

  Common Names : Dahlberg Daisy, Golden Fleece, Pricklyleaf, Shooting Star

Dahlberg Daisy,Golden Fleece,Pricklyleaf,Shooting Star
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper; Trailing)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      0.15 m to 0.30 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.3 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      USA (Texas), northern Mexico
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Grassland / Savannah/ Scrubland; Disturbed Area / Open Ground)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Mediterranean, Desert / Arid
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      [Others]: Herbaceous shrub, 0.15-0.30m height. Long trailing stems. Delicate looking.Leaves compound, leaflets threadlike, lacy, lobed, emit lemony scent when crushed. Inflorescence small, daisy-like, held on long stems; disk and ray flowers yellow. Attract butterflies. Seeds poisonous when consumed.Likes well-drained, sandy soils of pH 6.8 and above. Ideal as low edgings for borders, in planters and hanging baskets. Drought-tolerant, suitable for xeriscapes and rockeries.Under ideal planting conditions, plant self-seeds in immediate area.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant (Flowers: Time Independent; Foliage; [Remarks]: Bruised leaves have strongly lemony scent.)
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Alkaline (high pH) Soils, [Remarks] (Likes well-drained, sandy soils of pH 6.8 or higher.)
      Landscape Uses :
      Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting, Hanging Basket
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden, Wildflower Garden, Rockery / Desert Garden, Butterfly Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Toxic Upon Ingestion, [Remarks] (Seeds & parts of plant toxic when eaten. Handling leaves may cause contact allergy in certain individuals.)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Butterfly Food Plant
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Associated with: Self-seeds in immediate area, when grown under ideal conditions.)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water, Little Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting, [Remarks] (Plant normally self-seeds under ideal conditions (eg. when planted in well-drained, calcerous soils).)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Foliar Modification :
      Reduced / Needle-like
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate, Compound (Odd-Pinnate)
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Linear)
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Nanophyll ( 0.25cm2 - 2.25 cm2 )
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Flower Symmetry :
      Flower Size :
      Remarks (Flower head 1.3cm across)
      Inflorescence Type :
      Head / Capitulum
      Flowering Period :
      Flowering Opening Time :
      Flowering Habit :

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