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Baileya pauciradiata

About Laxflower (Baileya pauciradiata) Baileya pauciradiata is a North American species of flowering plant in the daisy family which is known by the common names laxflower and Colorado desert marigold. It is native to the deserts of northwestern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. It has been found in the States of California, Arizona, Nevada, Baja California, and Sonora. Baileya pauciradiata is an annual or perennial herb with a gray-green downy stem branching to heights between 10 and 50 centimeters. The leaves are linear or lance-shaped and measure 4 to 14 centimeters long. Those at the base of the plant wither while those along the stem generally remain as the plant flowers. The inflorescence is composed of 2 or 3 flower heads. Each has a few three-lobed yellow ray florets around a center of yellow disc florets. The fruit is a club-shaped achene about half a centimeter long. Food source. This plant is the main food source for the sand dune dwelling moth Schinia pallicincta.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual Herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.6 ft (0.1 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-190' - 5639'

Annual Precip. ?
2.5" - 21.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.27" - 2.17"

Coldest Month ?
40.5° F - 63.3° F

Hottest Month ?
67.3° F - 89.3° F

Humidity ?
3.74 vpd - 40.82 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Colorado Desert Marigold

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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