Baileya multiradiata [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Baileya multiradiata USDA PLANTS Symbol BAMU
Common Name Desert Marigold ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36799
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Desert environment; rocky slopes, mesas, sandy plains and roadsides, below 5,000 ft.
Plant: Upright or sprawling annual (or sometimes perennial) with gray-green hairy stems and leaves; stems branching from bases, usually 8 to 12 inches, but as much as 3 feet tall; lower portion of the stems leafy.
Leaves: Basal leaves petiolate, ovate in outline but deeply 3-lobed, 1-1/4 to 2 inches long; stem leaves are alternate, sessile, spatulate, not lobed, and 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long; all leaves densely white-wooly.
Inflorescence: Showy yellow flower heads 1-1/4 to 2 inches wide, solitary on long peduncles, 4 to 12 inches long; 35 to 55 rays with 3-toothed tips; 100 or more disks florets in the center.
Bloom Period: March to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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