Madia gracilis (Smith.) Keck

Sticky Madia
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


Sticky madia is an erect, somewhat fragrant annual with a slender stem that grows to about 40" tall and is bristly to long soft-hairy below and glandular above.  The leaves are alternate, linear to lance-linear, sessile, hairy and resinous.  The flowers develop in an open panicle.  There are five to nine 3-lobed yellow ray flowers and 15-35 fertile disk flowers (Jepson says 2-12) with dark-colored anthers that are included, and the acuminate-tipped phyllaries are thickly covered with gland-topped hairs.  This species is quite common and grows in many habitats such as grassy areas, oak woodlands, openings in chaparral and yellow pine forest below 8000' through the California Floristic Province.  It blooms April to August.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Madia 2) gracilis.
Pronunciation: MAD-ee-a GRAS-i-lis.
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