Eriophyllum wallacei (A. Gray) A. Gray

Woolly Daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


 

Woolly daisy is a low, often tufted and woolly annual with stems spreading to erect that grows to only about 6" in height.  The leaves are spatulate to obovate and about 1/2" long, obtuse, mostly entire-margined but sometimes three-lobed.  The radiate flowering heads are either solitary or clustered on short peduncles with a campanulate involucre and overlapping acute phyllaries.  There are 5-10 ray flowers with ligules 1/8" long, and many disk flowers with the corolla throat minutely puberulent and the anther tips awl-like.  The fruit is a ± pubescent, narrowly club-shaped achene with a pappus of 6-10 chaff-like scales.  This is primarily a desert species, found in creosote bush and sagebrush scrub and joshua tree woodland in both deserts, but occasionally also in chaparral and woodlands in the Peninsular Range and the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mts, extending from San Diego Co. to Mono Co., Baja, and to Arizona and Utah.  Woolly daisy blooms from March to May.  This picture, which is the only one I have, was taken in Joshua Tree National Park.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Eriophyllum 2) wallacei.
Pronunciation: er-ee-oh-FIL-um WAL-as-ee-eye.
Click here for Botanical Term Meanings.

 


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