Desert Star

Common Names:
Desert Star
Scientific name:
Monoptilon bellioides
Subspecies | Variants:
Monoptilon bellidiforme
Elevation range:
<3,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
February, March, April, May, September
Height | Length:
2-6 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Notes:
Belly flower (very small)
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon belliodes has bristly green linear leaves that are blunt or rounded at the tip. Death Valley National Park | January 2016  

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Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon belliodes flowers grow in small bunches and are only open during the day. Joshua Tree National Park | March 27, 2011  

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Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon belliodes can be as tall as 9 in., but rarely is. Its brilliant white is a cheerful accent to this sandy wash. Fish Creek, Anza Borrego Desert State Park | April 2006    

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Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon belliodes is a very pretty low-growing plant with white radial flowers and yellow-gold disc florets. This plant is in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family. Amboy, CA | April 2014     

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Desert Star  in the desert

Monoptilon belliodes with cracked mud in early spring. Vidal, CA | February 2013     

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Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon belliodes makes a tiny statement on gravelly desert substrate. Joshua Tree National Park | March 2008