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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Malacothrix fendleri - Fendler's desert dandelion

Other Common Names: Fendler's dandelion, desert dandelion
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Basal leaves
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Low, basal cluster of lobed, pinnate leaves. Plant stems may be along ground or along ground and then ascending. Yellow flowers at the end of branched stems are dandelion-like.
Height: 1 to 6 inches


Habitat Description: Foothills, sandy plains and mesas.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 2000 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or Dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: The 1 to 1-1/2 inch wide flower heads consist of many yellow, notched ray petals. The backs of the petals are pink-striped.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Basal leaves are pinnately lobed to 2 inches long. Stems are without hairs but may have a waxy coating.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Seed-like with several soft bristles at tip.

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