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Notice that the strap-shaped corollas have approx. five teeth at tip representing the five ancestral petals. Photographed at Robbins Butte, Maricopa Co., Arizona. March 2008.
FLOWERS: Flowering heads are tall with long, partly colored
phyllaries. and numerous strap-shaped florets. Variously streaked
RANGE: Frequent throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico on
desert flats, along wash banks and on rocky slopes - highly dependent on
Occasionally blister beetles such as the Red-eared Blister Beetle will descend in mass to feed on the succulent petals.
Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family
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