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Willow Dells Tr - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Sanvitalia abertii - Albert's creeping zinnia

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Willow Dells
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Small, slender plant with daisy-like flower heads with yellow ray and greenish disc flowers.
Identification notes: Distinguished by being relatively small annual, opposite leaves, growing from a taproot; stems often turn reddish; short hairs all over; distinctive conic-shaped flower heads, with small but showy yellow rays with 2 teeth at the ends.
Height: 4 to 16 inches


Habitat Description: Open places, washes, scrub-lands, pinyon-juniper woodlands.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3500 - 7500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow with greenish disc     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jul - Sep
Description: The flower heads are small and have a rounded dome of green disc flowers and a ring of yellow petals with 2 points on the ends.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves usually have 3 prominent lengthwise veins and are stiffly hairy and rough-textured. The stems are spreading to upright and covered in stiff, straight hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: 3 awns at the base of the achenes.

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