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Monoptilon bellioides (Mojave desertstar)
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Monoptilon bellioides

Monoptilon bellioides (A. Gray) H.M. Hall

Mojave Desertstar

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southern California, western Arizona, and northwestern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly, desert flats.

Additional resources

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


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

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