Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Geraea canescens (Desert Sunflower)

2/6/05 Wash north of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis 
Campground, Mecca Hills, E. Riverside County, CA



COMMON NAME: Desert Sunflower

SPECIES: Geraea canescens

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 2/6/2005

LOCATION: Wash north of Box Canyon Rd., west of Sheep Hole Oasis Campground, Mecca Hills, Eastern Riverside County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Herbage bristly or soft-hairy. 

Stem: 1--8 dm, simple to openly much-branched. 

Leaf: 1--10 cm; blade lanceolate or ovate to elliptic or oblanceolate, acute. 

Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1 or few to many in panicle-like cluster; involucre 7--12 mm; phyllaries linear to narrowly lanceolate. 

Ray Flower: 10--21; ray 1--2 cm. 

Disk Flower: corolla 4--5 mm. 

Fruit: 6--7 mm; pappus awns 3--4 mm. 

Ecology: Sandy desert soils; 

Elevation: < 1300 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: D; 

Distribution Outside California: to southwestern Utah, western Arizona, northern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Jan--May, Sep--Nov Note: 

Occasionally hybridizes with Encelia farinosa

eFlora Treatment Author: David J. Keil & Curtis Clark

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