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Monoptilon bellioides (A. Gray) H.M. Hall
USDA Symbol: MOBE2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A small low plant with flower heads of white rays often tinged with rose surrounding a yellow central disk; longer branches tending to lie on ground.
As is often characteristic of desert annuals, this species growth depends upon the amount of rainfall. If winter rains are ample, it and other spring wildflowers grow in profusion, even obscuring the surface of the ground; if rainfall is scant, the plant will be only a fraction of an inch tall, with one head disproportionately large in comparison to the rest of the plant. Daisy Desert Star (M. bellidiforme), a very similar species from the same region, has only one plume-tipped bristle atop the fruit
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May
, NV Native Distribution:
Southern California, western Arizona, and northwestern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Sandy or gravelly, desert flats.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff