Belly Daisies

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desert star; Mojave desertstar
Monoptilon bellioides

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rock daisy; Emory’s rockdaisy
Perityle emoryi

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woolly daisy; easterbonnets
Eriophyllum wallacei
(formerly Antheropeas wallacei)

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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).

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I found desert star to be especially charming.

 

young blossoms just opening

 

 

 

mature blossom

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rock daisy is about the size of a pinky-nail

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woolly daisy is about the same size

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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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