Spanish Needle

Palafoxia arida

Palafoxia arida

Color: Pink

Common name: Spanish needle

Latin name: Palafoxia arida

Family: ASTERACEAE

Height: 1-2 feet

Spanish Needle

Description: Palafoxia arida is an annual herb producing an erect, branching, glandular stem. The inflorescence is an array of up to 40 flower heads. The cylindrical heads are about 2 to 3 centimeters long and bearing up to 40 pink or white tubular disc florets.

Leaf: The rough-haired leaves are linear or lance-shaped and may exceed 10 cm long.

Range: Desert

Habitat: Sandy places

Elevation: < 1000 m.

Flowering time: Mar-May

Notes: Palafoxia arida is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. The top photo was taken on February 26, 2006 on a sandy bank next to the Amargosa River west of Dumont Dunes, Highway 127, Inyo County, California.


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