Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus (A. Gray) A. Gray var. sphaerocephalus. Gray

Asteraceae (Sunflower)


Goldenheads is a mostly glabrous shrub with slender, rigid stems and rounded yellow disk flowers. Plants are many-branched and the stems are somewhat striate. It differs from its relative A. shockleyi in that there are no ray flowers present. The leaves are quite narrow and linear to oblanceolate. The flowering heads are borne either singly or in a cluster at the stem ends. There are from 13 to 27 disk flowers in each head. This species is typically found on rocky soils in deserts, creosote bush scrub and joshua tree and juniper woodlands to about 7000' from the Tehachapis to the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges to the deserts, and its blooming period is May to June.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Acamptopappus  2) sphaerocephalus.
Pronunciation: ak-amp-toe-PAP-us sfeer-o-SEF-a-lus.
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