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California Desertdandelion
Malacothrix californica
About California Desertdandelion (Malacothrix californica) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Malacothrix californica is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name California desertdandelion. It is native to California and Baja California, where it can be found in many types of dry mountain, desert, and valley habitat. It is an annual herb producing a flowering stem up to about 45 centimeters in maximum height. The toothed linear to lance-shaped leaves are mostly located around the base of the plant. The inflorescence is an array of flower heads lined with hairy phyllaries. The head bears rings of ray florets 1 or 2 centimeters long, usually yellow in color, sometimes white.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.7" - 41.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 2.95", Coldest Month: 32.8" - 59.0", Hottest Month: 55.4" - 88.1", Humidity: 0.68" - 40.12", Elevation: -9" - 7131"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Desert Dandelion

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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