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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Stephanomeria minor - lesser wirelettuce

Synonyms: Stephanomeria tenuifolia
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Perennial herb with many multibranched, slender, smooth stems. Plant contains milky sap.
Identification notes: Achenes are truncate at their bases; flowerhead bracts are not in a graduated series, but often have a shorter outer series; bases of ray flowers have plumose bristles and typically number 5 but may number 3 to 9.
Height: 16 to 24 inches


Habitat Description: Found along roadsides and dry washes, on rocky slopes and in sandy clearings.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4000 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to pinkish     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Dec
Description: Flowerheads at stem tips are solitary and have only 5 ray flowers. Ray flowers are toothed at the edges.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are alternate and linear, deeply lobed to pinnatifid below and reduced and scale-like in the upper parts of the stems. The plant is a mound of many multibranched stems that are flexible, slender, and smooth.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Achene
Seed Notes: Achenes are longitudinally ribbed in sections of 5 and grooved but otherwise smooth.

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