Desert Dandelion

Common Names:
Desert Dandelion
Scientific name:
Malacothrix glabrata
Synonyms:
Malacothrix californica var. glabrata
Elevation range:
<7,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
2-16 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Desert Dandelion in the desert

Malacothrix glabrata is an annual in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family. It has only ray flowers that are strap-shaped and toothed at the tip and often has a red spot at the center.  Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2010    

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Desert Dandelion in the desert

Frilly yellow Malacothrix glabrata cover the landscape. Antelope Valley, CA | March 2014    

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Desert Dandelion in the desert

Malacothrix glabrata covers the desert floor. Box Canyon Rd, CA | March 9, 2008   

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Desert Dandelion in the desert

Malacothrix glabrata spreading a swath of yellow across the basin. Joshua Tree National Park | March 2011    

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Desert Dandelion in the desert

Malacothrix glabrata has slender, hairless (glabrous) and flexible leaves. This flower has morning dew. Lucerne Valley, CA | March 2014    

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Desert Dandelion in the desert

Malacothrix glabrata blowing in the wind. Pinto Basin, Joshua Tree National Park | March 2011