Mojave Hole-in-the-Sand Plant
Color: Bright pink
Common name: Mojave hole-in-the-sand plant
Latin name: Nicolletia occidentalis
Height: Stem: 5-12 inches
Description: This is a desert-adapted perennial herb with a skeletonlike appearance. The plant grows from a deep taproot in the desert sand and the stem is sometimes surrounded by a depression in the sand, a trait that gives it its common name. This plant bears showy flowers with curving bright pink ray florets and yellow centers.
Leaf: The narrow, fleshy leaves each end in a bristle and have large oil glands which exude a strong unpleasant scent.
Range: Mojave Desert, s High Sierra Nevada
Habitat: Sandy desert soils, often dunes, washes
Elevation: 600–1400 m.
Flowering time: Apr–Jun
Notes: Nicolletia occidentalis, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. This photo was taken north of Barstow, San Bernardino, California near Fort Irwin on April 6, 2008.
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