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Malacothrix glabrata

Malacothrix glabrata (A. Gray ex D.C. Eaton) A. Gray

Malacothrix californica DC. var. glabrata A. Gray ex D.C. Eaton

Desert Dandelion

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusMalacothrixFrom the Greek malakos, “soft,” and thrix, “hair,” thus referring to the wooliness of the young plant
SpeciesglabrataSomewhat glabrous

About plant names...

Desert dandelion is native to southwestern North America.

Identification: Plants are 8-16" (20-40 cm) tall. There are few leaves, mostly at the base; upper leaves are alternate, pinnate, 3-6" (7.6-15 cm) long and threadlike. Flowers are yellow, light yellow, white, or white with yellow centers. Young flowers not yet fully opened have a red spot in the center. Flowers resemble dandelions in shape, and are ¾-1¾" (1.9-4.4 cm) in diameter. Each of the many ray flower petals have serrated tips with five serrations.

Online References:

Malacothrix glabrata on CalPhotos

Malacothrix glabrata at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Malacothrix glabrata on Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Malacothrix glabrata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Malacothrix glabrata at the Mindbird Maps and Books unofficial Mojave National Preserve site

Malacothrix glabrata on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Malacothrix glabrata from the Jepson Manual

Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Malacothrix glabrata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 9 × 7" (23 × 18 cm)

Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)

Malacothrix glabrata (Desert Dandelion)

Blue flowers are Phacelia. · 2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

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