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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Uropappus lindleyi - Lindley's silverpuffs

Synonyms: Microseris linearifolia, Uropappus linearifolius
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Flower stem erect from basal rosette of leaves. Milky sap. Grows in loose soils in meadows, woods, steppe or deserts at low and mid-elevations.
Identification notes: Flower-heads of ray flowers only; base of ray flowers have 5 forked bracts that are tipped with a bristle; leaves are basal and narrow and long.
Height: 1-1/2 feet


Habitat Description: Pine forest down to foothills, plains and mesas.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 1000 - 6000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow and white     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: Single flower heads are suspended on long erect stems (peduncles); flower bracts (phyllaries) lance-shaped, inside longer, outer shorter. Petals yellow and white, often reddish on underside, opening in morning and fading in afternoon.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves 2–1/2 inches long, narrow (linear), tapering to pointed tip, entire or with narrow lobes and soft hairs.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Silver   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: The achenes are each topped with 5 long silver scales. Together the conspicuous head and achenes resemble an over-sized dandelion head.

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