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Malacothrix glabrata (Desert-dandelion)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Malacothrix glabrata

Malacothrix glabrata (A. Gray ex D.C. Eaton) A. Gray

Desert-dandelion, Smooth Desertdandelion

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Malacothrix californica var. glabrata

USDA Symbol: MAGL3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A smooth plant with a few pinnately divided leaves and bright pale yellow flower heads on branched stems.

In wet years this showy wildflower will form masses of yellow in sandy deserts.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , ID , NM , NV , OR , UT
Native Distribution: Southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon to southern California, much of Arizona, and northwestern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy desert, plains, and washes.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Malacothrix glabrata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Malacothrix glabrata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Malacothrix glabrata


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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