Red-rayed hulsea looks quite a bit different
from the other hulseas I've seen with its numerous narrow red rays (see
for comparison Parry's hulsea, San
Gabriel mountains hulsea, San Diego
hulsea and alpine gold hulsea).
It is an annual or short-lived perennial that can grow to 5' tall
but is usually shorter. It is densely glandular, heavy-
scented and villous with several erect leafy stems. The leaves
are oblong in outline, green, up to 4" long, sessile and coarsely
toothed, especially below. The flowering heads are about 3/4" in
diameter, and the phyllaries are lanceolate-linear with tips that are
long-accuminate. The ray flowers are hirsute and glandular, 30-60
in number, and red-purple in color. The fruits are about 1/4"
long and very hairy, with pappus scales that are strongly unequal. Red-rayed
hulsea appears in forest clearings and chaparral, often recent burned
sites, from 3000'-8000' in the San Bernardino, San Jacinto and San Gabriel
Mountains, blooming from June to August. These pictures were taken just
below the summit of Throop Peak in late August.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Hulsea
Pronunciation: HUL-see-a het-er-oh-KRO-ma.
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