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Photographed on the sandy flood plain of the Gila River near Buckeye, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 11 October 2007. This image is also hosted at higher resolution on Wikimedia Project
RANGE: Sporadically common in deep sandy washes or along river flood plains where there is deep, fine soil. Sonoran Desert in Arizona and the Mojave Desert of California.
LEAVES: Triangular-ovate leaves are densely canescent due to an
abundance of ashy, scale-like hairs that serve to deflect intense sunlight.
Crushed foliage and especially the developing seeds emit an intense, unpleasant
Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family
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