Belly Daisies


desert star; Mojave desertstar
Monoptilon bellioides






rock daisy; Emory’s rockdaisy
Perityle emoryi






woolly daisy; easterbonnets
Eriophyllum wallacei
(formerly Antheropeas wallacei)




false woolly daisy; yellowray Fremont’s gold
Syntrichopappus fremontii



These four Death Valley belly flowers are in the Asteraceae, of course. All are native to the desert Southwest. All are itty-bitty (note the penny in the first photo above).



I found desert star to be especially charming.


young blossoms just opening




mature blossom






rock daisy is about the size of a pinky-nail





woolly daisy is about the same size






yellowray Fremont’s-gold is a smidge larger (that’s a forefinger nail)



And a special bonus bellyflower: can you see the purple blossom in the upper right of the above photo? The whole thing is about the size of one of the yellow rays. It’s called salt sandspurry (Spergularia salina; Caryophyllaceae). I didn’t even know it was there until I looked at the picture!


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