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Little Lemonhead

Coreocarpus arizonicus

Pen & Ink by Michael Plagens

Drawn from live specimen at Sabino Canyon, Pima. Co., Arizona.

RANGE: In the Sonoran Desert foothills near Tucson, Arizona. Uncommon.

SHRUBBY HERB: This perennial is slightly woody and can be a meter tall.

FRUIT: The achene-seeds or the ray-flowers have a papery pale adhering to them as shown in illustration and the seed itself bears pectinate winged margins.

LEAVES: Leaves appear compound with nearly linear segments and are opposite on the stems.

FLOWERS: Small yellow heads with narrow yellow rays. 

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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