Daisy Desertstar, Desert Star
Common name: Daisy Desertstar, Desert Star
Latin name: Monoptilon bellidiforme
Height: < 2.3 inches
Description: The Monoptilon bellidiforme stem is just a few centimeters long, sometimes small enough so that the inflorescence sits at ground level. The flower head has many ray florets which are usually white, sometimes purple-tinged. They are 5 to 7 millimeters long.
Leaf: The leaves are no more than a centimeter long and are generally oblanceolate with a short-tapered blunt tip or base.
Range: Mojave Desert
Habitat: Sandy deserts, washes
Elevation: 660–1000 m.
Flowering time: Mar–Jun
Notes: Monoptilon bellidiforme, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: to sw Utah, w Arizona. This photo was taken on April 5, 2005 in the Kelso Valley, Kern County, California.
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