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Barstow Woolly Sunflower
Eriophyllum mohavense
About Barstow Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum mohavense) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Eriophyllum mohavense, also known as the Mojave woolly sunflower or the Barstow woolly sunflower is a rare species of small annual flowering plant in the aster family, found only (endemic) in the Mojave Desert of California. Eriophyllum mohavense grows in open loamy, gravelly, or clay soils of the Mojave Desert. It grows between 1,500 and 3,000 feet (450-900 meters) elevation. It can be found in creosote bush scrub and saltbush scrub plant communities. It has been found in Kramer Hills, Boron, around Harper Dry Lake, Opal Mountain, Cuddleback Lake, and Kramer Junction. Some populations have been found within the boundaries of Edwards Air Force Base and Joshua Tree National Park. There are a few lobed, pointed leaves at the base of the tuft, no more than a centimeter (0. 4 inches) long each. The leaves are spoon-shaped, sometimes having 3 pointed teeth near the wider tip. Flowers. The plant produces cylindrical flower heads just a few millimeters wide, containing usually 3-4 bright yellow disc flowers. The phyllaries (green bracts surrounding the flower head) are concave. The disc florets have ray-like lobes, but there are no true ray flowers. Fruit. The fruit is an achene about half a centimeter long including a short pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.3" - 8.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.26" - 0.90", Coldest Month: 46.4" - 51.6", Hottest Month: 70.5" - 80.8", Humidity: 4.91" - 33.74", Elevation: 2128" - 5308"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Mojave Woolly Sunflower

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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