This section is from the book "An Illustrated Flora Of The Northern United States, Canada And The British Possessions Vol2", by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown. Also available from Amazon: An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 Volume Set..
Low annual glandular-puberulent diffusely branched herbs, with small subulate or setaceous stipulate leaves and very small sessile flowers, solitary or glomerate in the axil6. Sepals 5, rigid, keeled, acuminate or awn-tipped, the outer ones commonly with a tooth on each side. Petals 3-5, minute or wanting. Stamens 3-5, perigynous. Ovary triangular-pyramidal, I-celled, many-ovuled. Capsule 3-valved. Seeds oblong or obovate, attached near their bases; embryo somewhat curved; cotyledons accumbent. [In honor of Peter Loefling, 1729-1756, Swedish traveler.]
About 5 species, natives of southwestern North America, the Mediterranean region and central Asia. Besides the following, 2 others occur in the southwestern United States. Type species: Loeflingia hispįnica L.
Loeflingia texana Hook. Ic. Pl. 3: pl. 275. 1840.
Finely and densely glandular-puberulent, stems much branched, bushy, 3'-6' high, the branches slender, terete, ascending or those bearing flowers secund and recurved. Leaves subulate, 2"-3" long, appressed-ascending; flowers less than 1" broad; sepals nearly or quite straight, the 3 outer ones or all with a setaceous tooth on each side; petals much shorter than the sepals; stamens usually 3; capsule shorter than the calyx; seeds obovate.
In dry soil Nebraska to Texas. April-June.