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Aspen Creek Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Bahia dissecta - ragleaf bahia

Synonyms: Amauria dissecta, Amauriopsis dissecta
Other Common Names: yellow ragweed, cutleaf
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Asteraceae

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John Kava
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
John Kava
Plant - summer
John Kava
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual or perennial
General Desc: Lanky plant with loose array of bright yellow flowers on thin red-tinged stems with distinctive leaves sparsely interspersed.
Identification notes: Biennial herb, glandular stems branch above the base. Leaves alternate, dissected 2 to 3 times into linear or oblong lobes, covered with short stiff hairs. Yellow flowers at tips of loosely branched seedheads; 10 to 15 ray and 30 to 80 disc flowers.
Height: 8 to 36 inches


Habitat Description: Commonly found along roadsides and hiking trails and in dry, gravelly open sites; openings in pinyon-juniper, pine, or spruce-fir forests.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4500 - 9500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Golden yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Aug - Oct
Description: Nickel to quarter sized golden yellow flowers, each made up of gently rounded and slightly notched petals radiating out from a central disk.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Dissected     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Distinctly cut leaves are widely spaced on the tall slender red-tinged stems creating an airy or sparse appearance. The leaves are ternately compound (divided into 3's) with the largest segments divided again.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Black   
Fruit Type: Achene

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