glabrata (Malacothrix californica)
The Desert Dandelion is a member of the Sunflower Family grows 6 to 14 inches high with 3- to 5-inch leaves, which divide into threadlike lobes. Fruit is seed-like and topped with soft bristles. In springs following wet winters, this bright wildflower will form broad, brilliant patches of gold across the sandy desert floor.
Mojave, Sonoran and Great Basin deserts of southern California, much of Arizona and northern Mexico.
Open, sandy desert washes and plains below 7,000 feet.
Bright yellow flowers on branched stems bloom March through June. A single plant can have many flower heads, which are 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide
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