Palmer's perennial cat's-eye
Southeast New Mexico and west Texas
Between 8 and 12 inches
Open, gravelly locations
Narrowly oblanceolate, up to 2 inches long, hairy
Like most members of this genus, the flowers of oreocarya palmeri form at the upper end of a curved stem, which elongates and straightens as the blooms mature. One distinguishing feature is that the small (a quarter of an inch in diameter), white flowers turn pink, later orange and brown as they wither. Flowers have a short corolla, enclosed by the five-pronged calyx, and five lobes, which have slightly irregular edges.
The branched stems, the narrow leaves and the calyces have a covering of rough, greyish hairs, of varying lengths. The calyces are wider towards the lower end, and the lobes are fused almost to the tip. Stems branch from the base, and the leaves are concentrated at ground level; stem leaves are well-separated, though comparable in size.