Checker Fiddleneck, Devil's Lettuce
Color: Yellow or orange
Common name: Checker fiddleneck, devil's lettuce.
Latin name: Amsinckia tessellata
Height: 8-24 inches tall.
Description: Flower 8–16 mm, 2–10 mm wide at top. Flowers grow on a spike-like inflorescence with a coiled tip.
Leaf: Generally linear to narrowly lanceolate or oblong. Range: Inner North
Coast Ranges (Colusa Co.), Great Central Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, South Coast Ranges, Western Transverse Ranges, Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert. Can extend to e WA and to Baja California, Mexico.
Habitat: Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Sagebrush Scrub, Foothill Woodland, Valley Grassland, rocky or sandy soils.
Elevation: 50–2200 m
Flowering time: Mar-May
Notes: Common annual. Often found in disturbed places. Sharp plant hairs irritate human skin. Seeds and herbage TOXIC to livestock, especially cattle.
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