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Granite Mtn - Tr 308 - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Microseris lindleyi - silver puffs

Synonyms: Uropappus linearifolia, Uropappus linearifolius
Other Common Names: Lindley's silverpuffs
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Has yellow, dandelion-like flowers, with pointed bracts extending beyond flower rays. Seed head is a beautiful, silver color in round puffball.
Height: 12 inches


Habitat Description: Open grassland, woods, chaparral, deserts, generally in loose soils.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Daisy or Dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Solitary flower heads; dandelion-like, with pointed green bracts extending beyond flower rays; often several flower stems from the same root.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are all basal, or nearly so, 1/16 to 1/4 inch wide, 2 1/2 to 6 inches long; herbage may be slightly hairy; leaves can be smooth or with two or more pairs of distantly spaced lobes. Flower stems are 4 to 24 inches tall and are hollow.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Silvery   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Puff like, dandelion like, silvery seed head.

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