Color: White to pink
Common name: Rose heath, heath-leaved chaetopappa
Latin name: Chaetopappa ericoides
Height: 2-6 inches
Description: Low, tufted, stems growing erect from a woody base; ray flowers generally 12–21; corolla 5–10 mm, white to ± pink.
Leaf: Basal (at or near the base of the plant), 4–12 mm, elongated with parallel sides, narrower than elliptic or oblong, covered with stiff hairs.
Range: Sierra Nevada (e slope), White and Inyo Mountains, Desert Mountains, e Mojave Desert.
Habitat: Dry slopes
Elevation: 1300–2900 m.
Flowering time: Apr–May
Notes: Photographed Mojave National Preserve, May 1, 2004. A dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond. Distribution outside California: to NE, Texas, n Mexico.
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