Besseya bullii (Eaton) Rydb.  
Family: Plantaginaceae
bull's coral-drops, kitten's-tails
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Besseya: Charles Edwin Bessey 1845-1915 one of two important botanists named Bessey
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-16" tall forb; stems hairy
Leaves: basal rosette of oval, toothed leaves on long stalks; stem leaves dense, much smaller, alternate, and mostly stalkless
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, small, prominently 2-lipped; upper lip sharp, the backward-curving lower lip with 3 irregular, small lobes; 2 stamens; inflorescence a 2"-6", dense, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-June
Fruits: hairy, 1/8"-1/4" capsule
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods, barrens; in gravelly, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Threatened
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Robert R. Kowal  
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Derek Anderson  
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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