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Willow Dells Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Erigeron divergens - spreading fleabane

Synonyms: Erigeron divergens var. typicus, Erigeron incomptus
Other Common Names: branching fleabane, fleabane daisy, rough fleabane, desert fleabane
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Granite Mtn - Tr 308
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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
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Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Biennial or annual
General Desc: A short, spreading plant whose delicate leaves and branches are covered in short, grayish hairs. At the tip of each branch is a flower head made up of many white to lavender rays surrounding a yellow disc.
Identification notes: Short taproot biennial, sometimes annual; herbage with short spreading hairs; erect to ascending stems leafy from the start, without spreading leafy branches; leaves alternate, blades linear; flowers of narrow white to purple ray and yellow disc flowers.
Height: To 18 inches


Habitat Description: Moist or dry valleys, ridges or meadow borders, wide variety of habitats including roadsides, riparian zones, woodlands and forests.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 1000 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to light purple     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Flower heads 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide, consist of numerous white to lavender (light purple), narrow rays surrounding yellow disc flowers. A single flower head blooms at the tip of each branch. There may be up to 100 flowers per plant.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Basal leaves are narrowly spoon-shaped to 3 inches long. Stem leaves are erect, getting progressively smaller up the stem. The lower leaves are pinnately lobed. Both leaves and stems are covered with hairs giving them a fuzzy appearance.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: A small, oblong fruit that contains a single seed and is sparsely hairy and are topped with a cluster of fragile bristles surrounded by short, narrow scales.

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