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desert dandelion

Malacothrix glabrata

Description:

Malacothrix glabrata is a species of dicotyledonous flowering plant known generally as the smooth desert dandelion or desert dandelion. The species is native to the western United States, excluding much of the Pacific Northwest, and into northern Mexico. M. glabrata is typically 5 to 15 inches (13 to 38 cm) tall with a 1.5-to-2.5-inch (3.8 to 6.4 cm) flower head. Its fragrant, daisy-like flowers are in shades of yellow or white, and undeveloped flowers have a red "button" in the center of the flower head.

Habitat:

Sonoran Desert

Notes:

Near Coxcomb Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

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Robb Hannawacker
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Robb Hannawacker

California, USA

Spotted on Mar 17, 2009
Submitted on Jun 10, 2013

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