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Illustrated from a living swpecimen observed in the Harcuvar Mts., La Paz Co., Arizona, USA, 05 April 1993.
RANGE:The Upland Sonoran Desert and transition to chaparral and Mojave
Desert habitat northwest from Phoenix, Arizona. Ranges into Nevada and
This fully in bloom shrub was found in the Colorado Desert portion of Joshua Tree National Monument, California, USA. May 2010.
The caterpillar of a small moth may be found inhabiting galls at the growing tips. At first these galls may appear to be some sort of fruit or seed capsule. An example of these galls is shown at lower right.
Like many desert shrubs, goldenhead often shows the scars of battle against drought in the form of twigs and branches that have repeatedly died back and regrown.
Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family
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