Acourtia runcinata

(D. Don) B. L. Turner

Phytologia 38: 460. 1978

Common names: Featherleaf desertpeony desert paeonia
Basionyms: Clarionia runcinata Lagasca ex D. Don Trans. Linn. Soc. London 16: 207. 1830
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 19. Treatment on page 73. Mentioned on page 74.
Plants 5–35 cm. Leaves basal; petioles 0.5–9 cm; blades oblong-oblanceolate, 2.5–23 cm, bases cuneate, margins pinnately lobed (lobes ovate), spinulose-dentate, apices acute, faces hirtellous and/or finely stipitate-glandular. Heads borne singly or 2–3 together (on scapiform peduncles). Involucres turbinate, 14–17 mm. Phyllaries in 2–4 series, lanceolate to subulate (3–15 mm), margins glandular-hairy, apices acuminate, abaxial faces glandular. Receptacles reticulate, hispidulous. Florets 25–53; corollas pink or lavender-pink, 12–22 mm. Cypselae fusiform to linear-fusiform, 4–8 mm, stipitate-glandular and/or hispidulous; pappi tan or white, 1–17 mm. 2n = ca. 54.

Phenology: Flowering year round (mostly Mar–Aug).
Habitat: Juniper forests, oak woodlands, dry matorral, desert scrub on calcareous, sandy clay, and gypsiferous soils
Elevation: 0–1600 m



Tex., Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Hidalgo, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas).


Acourtia runcinata is the most widespread species of the genus, within which it is unique in possessing fasciculate, tuberous-fusiform roots. In the flora, it grows in central and southwestern Texas.

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Facts about "Acourtia runcinata"
AuthorBeryl B. Simpson +
Authority(D. Don) B. L. Turner +
BasionymsClarionia runcinata +
Common nameFeatherleaf desertpeony + and desert paeonia +
DistributionTex. +, Mexico (Chihuahua +, Coahuila +, Hidalgo +, Nuevo León +, San Luis Potosí + and Tamaulipas). +
Elevation0–1600 m +
HabitatJuniper forests, oak woodlands, dry matorral, desert scrub on calcareous, sandy clay, and gypsiferous soils +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorYevonn Wilson-Ramsey +
PhenologyFlowering year round (mostly Mar–Aug). +
Publication titlePhytologia +
Publication year1978 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V19-20-21/V19 6.xml +
SynonymsCompositae +
Taxon familyAsteraceae +
Taxon nameAcourtia runcinata +
Taxon parentAcourtia +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 19 +