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Buffalo Bur (Kansas Thistle)

Solanum rostratum
A spiny annual with bright yellow flowers and dandelion-like leaves, buffalo bur is an introduced member of the nightshade family.

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Buffalo Bur (Plant with Flowers and Fruits)

Buffalo bur is scattered nearly statewide. It occurs on banks of streams and rivers, disturbed portions of upland prairies, pastures, farmyards, roadsides, and other open, disturbed places.

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Buffalo Bur (Stems)

The feet of livestock (and people!) can be injured by the spiny prickles of buffalo bur. Grazing animals’ mouths can be damaged by the spines, too.

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Butterfly Pea

Clitoria mariana
Butterfly pea is a low, shrubby, or twining perennial in the pea family, with showy, butterfly-like flowers. The leaves are compound with three leaflets. This species grows in the southern parts of Missouri, in acid soils.

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Butterfly Pea

Butterfly pea is a low, shrubby, or twining perennial in the pea family, with showy, butterfly-like flowers. The leaves are compound with three leaflets. This species grows in the southern parts of Missouri, in acid soils.

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Carolina False Dandelion

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
One of several native plants called dandelions, Carolina false dandelion is an annual with sulphur yellow flowers and puffy seedheads.

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Carolina False Dandelion (Basal Leaves)

The basal leaves of Carolina false dandelion are either entire or pinnatifid (like dandelion leaves), and they often have disappeared by flowering time.

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Carolina False Dandelion (Flowerhead)

The flowerheads of Carolina false dandelion are usually solitary, terminal, like those of dandelion but bright sulphur yellow. The inner florets appear dark-flecked from brownish fused anther bases, which surround the style and stigma. It blooms May–October.

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Carolina Larkspur (Prairie Larkspur)

Small blue, lavender, or white flowers shaped like cornucopias dance along the tall stems of this Carolina larkspur, which grows in prairies and grasslands.

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Carolina Larkspur (Prairie Larkspur)

Delphinium carolinianum
Small blue, lavender, or white flowers shaped like cornucopias dance along the tall stems of this Carolina larkspur, which grows in prairies and grasslands.

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