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Enceliopsis nudicaulis

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About Naked-stemmed Daisy (Enceliopsis nudicaulis) Enceliopsis nudicaulis is a North American species of flowering plants in the daisy family known by the common name nakedstem sunray, or naked-stemmed daisy. Enceliopsis nudicaulis is native to the western United States: Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California including the Inyo Mountains-White Mountains and sky islands the Mojave Desert in California. It grows in desert, plateau, and montane habitats. Enceliopsis nudicaulis is a perennial herb growing up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall from a woody caudex fringed with gray-green hairy leaves. The leaves are oval and up to 6 centimeters (2. 4 inches) long and wide. The inflorescence is a solitary flower head atop a tall, erect peduncle. The flower head has a base made up of three layers of densely woolly, pointed phyllaries. It has a fringe of approximately 21 yellow ray florets each 2 to 4 centimeters (0. 8-1. 6 inches) long. The fruit is a hairy achene about one centimeter (0. 4 inches) in length. Varieties: There are two recognized varieties of this species:Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata, the Ash Meadows sunray, the rarer one which is probably endemic to Nevada in the vicinity of Ash Meadows in the Amargosa Desert and is federally listed as a threatened species. Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. nudicaulis - most of species range
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
2624' - 8684'

Annual Precip. ?
4.5" - 15.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.69" - 3.23"

Coldest Month ?
33.5° F - 52.5° F

Hottest Month ?
57.7° F - 78.6° F

Humidity ?
3.01 vpd - 30.94 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Nakedstem Sunray

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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