Small Desert Star

Common Names:
Small Desert Star
Scientific name:
Monoptilon bellidiforme
Subspecies | Variants:
Monoptilon bellioides
Elevation range:
2,000-4,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
2-5 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Notes:
Belly flower (very small)
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Small Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon bellidiforme is an annual herb with tiny, dark green hairy leaflets that narrow to a point at the tip. Bright white ray flowers surround golden disc flowers. Ray petals often turn pink or purple as it matures. Death Valley National Park | March 2013

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Small Desert Star in the desert

Monoptilon bellidiforme grows only to a height of about 2 inches, and foliage is condensed and partially hidden by the flower heads. Joshua Tree National Park  | March 2015