Desert Dandelion

Malacothrix glabrata

Desert Dandelion, Malacothrix glabrata, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed along SR-95 east of Parker, La Paz County, Arizona, USA on Mar. 14, 2010.

Desert Dandelion, Malacothrix glabrata, Schistocerca nitens, insect herbivore, photo © by Michael Plagens

At Glendale, Arizona, this Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca nitens, was eating the leaves on Mar. 21, 2015.

FLOWERS: The flower heads resemble very much the common dandelion, but are smaller and usually on a shorter peduncle. Florets are entirely of strap-shaped form. Blooms mostly February to April.

ANNUAL: A low-growing, winter-spring annual plant appearing only in years with good winter rains.

LEAVES Leaves are divided into very narrow, linear segments and are primarily arranged at the base near ground level. Upper leaves are linear. Leaves are largely free of pubescence.

RANGE: Grows in sandy soils in the deserts of California to southwestern New Mexico.

FRUIT: The seeds lack the typical dandelion puff of bristles; instead there are a few short, obscure bristles.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 19 March 2010,
updated 21 March 2015.