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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Townsendia annua - annual Townsend daisy

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Bright, large flowers can occur in patches of just a few plants or in massive colonies.
Identification notes: Flowerhead bracts 26 to 30 plus in 3 or more series, unequal and 1-nerved; flowerheads are borne singly; base of disk flowers have scales; leaves are mostly on the stems.
Height: 1 to 7 inches


Habitat Description: Sandy and red clay soils in mesquite scrub and on open slopes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3200 - 4700 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pinkish-white to purple     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Jun
Description: Ray flowers are generally brilliant white but can be tinged with pink, particularly on the back side. They can have 12 to 30 ray florets in each flower head.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Basal and opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Stems may be erect, but are more commonly prostrate. The leaves are fleshy.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Achene
Seed Notes: Silvery hairs help the seeds to be wind dispersed.

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