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Rafinesquia neomexicana

Rafinesquia neomexicana A. Gray

 

Desert Chicory, California Chicory, New Mexico Plumseed

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
GenusRafinesquiaNamed for polymath Constantine Samuel Rafinesque, who made contributions to anthropology, biology, geology, and linquistics
Speciesneomexicana“Of or from New Mexico”

About plant names...

Desert chicory is native to western North America.

Identification: This chicory is 6-20" (15-50 cm) in height. Flowers are about 1½" (3.8 cm) wide, white, tinged violet on the undersides. Outer petals have five deep serrations at the petal ends, typical of chicories. Leaves are dark green, up to six inches long near the base, getting shorter further up the stem. Stems are erect, smooth, and gray-green in color. Sap is milky.

Online References:

Rafinesquia neomexicana at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site

Rafinesquia neomexicana at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Rafinesquia neomexicana on CalPhotos

Rafinesquia neomexicana on Oceanlight.com, a natural history stock photography site by Phillip Colla

Rafinesquia neomexicana on Wikimedia Commons

Rafinesquia neomexicana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Rafinesquia neomexicana on Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Rafinesquia neomexicana on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Rafinesquia neomexicana on eFloras

Rafinesquia neomexicana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Rafinesquia neomexicana (Desert Chicory, California Chicory, New Mexico Plumseed)

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

Rafinesquia neomexicana (Desert Chicory, California Chicory, New Mexico Plumseed)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Rafinesquia neomexicana (Desert Chicory, California Chicory, New Mexico Plumseed)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

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