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Flower heads

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Heterotheca fulcrata - rockyscree false goldenaster

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Resembles numerous other sunflower-like plants of the asteraceae family; identifying features include long, quite well-separated hairs along the leaf edges and the reddish-green stems, and the relatively large leaves that grow right beneath the flower.
Identification notes: The entire margins of the leaves bear firm, stiff hairs and the flowers are subtended by 1 to 4 leaf-like ovate to narrowly lanceolate bracts distinguishes this from Heterotheca villosa.
Height: 10 to 24 inches


Habitat Description: Riparian zones in ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests, grassy clearings in ponderosa pine forest, lower spruce-fir zone, sandy riverbanks, roadsides, coarse sandy granitic soils with gravel, crushed lava gravelly soils, moist disturbed soils.
Plant Communities: Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4000 - 11000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Bright yellow     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jun - Oct
Description: Ray flowers usually number between 11 and 21, disc flowers between 26 and 66.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Lanceolate, alternate, hairy, up to 2 inches long, tapering to a short spine. Relatively large leaves grow right beneath the flower-head, projecting out beyond the petals.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Whiteish   
Fruit Type: Achene

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