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Geraea canescens Torr. & A. Gray
Desert Sunflower, Hairy desertsunflower
Synonym(s): Geraea canescens var. canescens, Geraea canescens var. paniculata
USDA Symbol: GECA2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A slender, hairy plant with a few leaves and golden-yellow flower heads at the ends of the several branches.
Gerea comes from the Greek geraios (old man), referring to the white hairs on the fruits. After adequate rain, these plants may line mile after mile along hot, dry, desolate roadsides.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
, UT Native Distribution:
Se. California to sw. Utah; south to w. Arizona and nw. Mexico. Native Habitat:
Sandy, barren, flat desert.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff