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Yarnell area - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Rafinesquia neomexicana - New Mexico plumeseed

Other Common Names: desert-chicory, desert-dandelion, goatsbeard
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Yarnell area
Yarnell area
Yarnell area
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Yarnell area
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual   Similar Species: Rafinesquia californica, Calycoseris wrightii
General Desc: Sparsely leaved annual with white flower heads at the ends of a few stems. Stems are weak and usually grow among shrubs for support. Sap is milky.
Height: To 20 inches


Habitat Description: Gravelly and sandy desert soils.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub
Elevation: 200 - 3000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Daisy or Dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Feb - May
Description: Ray flowerheads to 1-1/2 inches wide.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and opposite     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Narrowly lobed to 6 inches long at base but smaller on the upper stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Narrowly elliptic, weakly ribbed, tapered to a beak.

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