Desert stars are low desert annuals usually only
an inch or two high with short bristly herbage. The leaves are
alternate, entire, linear to spatulate, and about 1/2" long. The
radiate heads look like daisies and are terminal on the branchlets,
with white rays and a yellow disk. Desert stars are prevalent
on sandy and rocky flats below 3000' in both deserts. It blooms
from February to May, and may also be seen blooming in September. It
is frequently to be found in the company of woolly daisy, Eriophyllum
wallacei. These pictures were taken in an area on the southern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. A related and smaller species, M. bellidiforme, is to be found in the Mojave Desert.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Monoptilon
Pronunciation: mon-OP-ti-lon be-lee-OH-i-dees.
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