Golden Desert Snapdragon
Common name: Golden Desert Snapdragon
Latin name: Mohavea breviflora
Height: 2-8 inches
Description: It is a hairy annual herb growing erect to a maximum height near 20 centimeters. Flowers occur in the leaf axils. They are about 2 centimeters wide and divided into an upper lip with two lobes and a swollen lower lip with three. The flower is yellow with scattered red speckles.
Leaf: The alternately arranged leaves are lance-shaped.
Range: n&e Mojave Desert
Habitat: Gravelly desert slopes, washes
Elevation: 100–1400 m.
Flowering time: Mar–Apr
Notes: Mohavea breviflora, 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. This photo was taken on February 11, 2006 in Jubilee Pass, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California.
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