Rayless Goldenhead

Common Names:
Rayless Goldenhead
Scientific name:
Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus
Subspecies | Variants:
Acamptopappus shockleyi
Elevation range:
<4,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
May, June
Height | Length:
1-3 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Shrub
Notes:
Food for insects & larvae
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Rayless Goldenhead in the desert

Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus has clusters of spherical flower heads atop an erect stem. It has yellow disc flowers, but no ray florets. Numerous stamens are also yellow. Pipes Canyon, CA | May 2010

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Rayless Goldenhead in the desert

Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus is a rounded shrub with ascending but wavy green stems. It has gray woody bark at the base and grows to about 2 feet tall. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015

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Rayless Goldenhead in the desert

Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus turns a tan color as its going to seed. Pipes Canyon, CA | May 2016