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Achyrachaena mollis Schauer
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: ACMO2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This annual herb grows to approximately one foot in height on a strong, straight stem. Atop the stem is a large, rounded bud which opens into a spherical cluster of flowers. The actual flowers are small and yellow and nearly invisible behind the showy fruits, which extend shiny bright white scales which look like long rectangular flower petals. These silky white scales catch the wind, which allows the single-seeded fruits to be dispersed.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Habitat: The plant is common in low-elevation hills and grasslands all over California, and into southern Oregon and northern Baja California.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Achyrachaena mollis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Achyrachaena mollis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Achyrachaena mollis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-09-15
Research By: TWC Staff