Needle Goldfields

Common Names:
Needle Goldfields
Scientific name:
Lasthenia gracilis
Subspecies | Variants:
Lasthenia californica
Elevation range:
1,500 - 4,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
February, March, April, May
Height | Length:
< 15 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave

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Needle Goldfields in the desert

Lasthenia gracilis covering the sand. Kramer Junction, CA | March 23, 2015

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Needle Goldfields in the desert

Lasthenia gracilis is a small annual herb in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family. The inflorescence has about a dozen yellow ray florets that often bend backward and many disc flowers in a rounded form at the center. Mission Creek Preserve, CA | March 2015

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Needle Goldfields in the desert

Closer view of Lasthenia gracilis golden flowers. Red Rock Canyon State Park | March 2015

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Needle Goldfields  in the desert

Lasthenia gracilis is the definition of a carpet-bloomer. In years of sufficient rain, this tiny flower can cover many miles of sandy flats or hillsides, coloring the desert floor a golden yellow. Red Rock Canyon State Park | March 2015