California Dandelion

Common Names:
California Dandelion
Scientific name:
Malacothrix californica
Elevation range:
65 to 6,200 ft
Flowering Months:
March, April, May
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Sonoran

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California Dandelion in the desert

Malacothrix californica is a member of the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family which has only ray florets, and no disc flowers. They are usually yellow in color, but can also be found with white florets. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2010