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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Lasthenia californica DC. ex Lindl.
Synonyms: Baeria chrysostoma var. gracilis
USDA Symbol: laca7
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low, slightly pubescent, slender, unbranched annual, 2-6 in. tall, with threadlike leaves and small, yellow, radiate flowers. A small, slender annual with reddish stems, very narrow opposite leaves, and a small golden-yellow flower head at the end of each branch. In better soils, the plant is stouter and reaches 10 in. in height.
On open areas with poor soils, where grass is sparse, this plant will form carpets of gold if moisture is ample. It is also sometimes placed in the genus Baeria. Spring Gold (Crocidium multicaule) looks very much like Goldfields, but has most leaves in a basal rosette. Those on the stem are alternate, and have tufts of hair in the axils.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AZ , CA , MA , NM , OR Native Distribution:
OR to AZ Native Habitat:
Open mesas & grasslands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Description:
Dry clays or sands. Conditions Comments:
carpets stretches of open desert following wet winters.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff