Burhead is an annual or short-lived perennial
growing in wet places, often partially submerged in water, with several
erect leafless stems reaching some 2' in height. The basal petiolate
leaves are coarsely parallel-veined, generally ovate to lanceolate,
and up to 6" long with cordate or truncate bases. The white
flowers are in open umbels, and the heads have 3 round petals, 3 green
ovate sepals, about 12 stamens and many pistils. The fruiting
head is a spinose bur 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter. Burhead
is a fairly common marsh plant blooming from July to September and ranging
from San Diego to central California. These pictures were taken
at Rocky Oaks in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Echinodorus
Pronunciation: ek-eye-no-DOR-us BER-ter-oy.
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