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Granite Lake Basin - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Townsendia exscapa - stemless Townsend daisy

Other Common Names: stemless daisy, Easter daisy
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Plant - summer
Granite Lake Basin
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: These very short perennials, which grow in compact mounds a few inches wide, are aptly named excapa, Latin for "without a stem". The large flower heads seem too big for the plant. Plants are evergreen, wintering as a small ball of leaves.
Height: 1 to 3 inches


Habitat Description: Openings among ponderosa pines or oaks, rock crevices.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4500 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Daisy or Dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Aug
Description: Flower head, 3/4 to 2 inches wide, has 20 to 40 long narrow white petals and a yellow center; petals are pink below.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Long and narrow, grayish-haired, leaves 1 to 2 inches long, 1/8 inch wide, in a dense, basal rosette.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene

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