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White Easterbonnets

Antheropeas lanosum
(Eriophyllum lanosum)

Photo by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Robbins Butte, Maricopa Co., Arizona. March 9, 2008. View a full resolution file at Wikimedia. Also visible in this photo are two other diminutive spring annuals. Just left of center is a Woolly Plantain (Plantago ovata), while just right of back center is a small Cryptantha, possibly Narrow-leaf Popcorn Flower, (Cryptantha angustifolia).

ANNUAL: A dwarf annual of spring typically just several centemeters tall. Proper appreciation by the botanist or nature lover may require a prone position in the desert.

FLOWERS: Bright white ray flowers and yellow disc flowers create a miniature daisy-like composite head.

LEAVES: Leaves are linear-elyptic and are covered with silky hairs.

RANGE: Frequent throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico on gently rockys slopes or desert flats.

FRUIT: Small achenes with a pappus of scales.

UNARMED. No thorns or spines.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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