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Enceliopsis nudicaulis
Enceliopsis nudicaulis var corrugata 6.jpg
var. corrugata
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E. nudicaulis
Binomial name
Enceliopsis nudicaulis
(A.Gray) A.Nelson
Synonyms
  • Encelia nudicaulis A.Gray
  • Enceliopsis tuta A.Nelson
  • Helianthella nudicaulis (A.Gray) A.Gray

Enceliopsis nudicaulis is a North American species of flowering plants in the daisy family known by the common name nakedstem sunray, or naked-stemmed daisy.

Distribution

Enceliopsis nudicaulis is native to the western United States: Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California including the Inyo Mountains-White Mountains and sky islands the Mojave Desert in California. It grows in desert, plateau, and montane habitats.

Description

Enceliopsis nudicaulis is a perennial herb growing up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall from a woody caudex fringed with gray-green hairy leaves. The leaves are oval and up to 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) long and wide.

The inflorescence is a solitary flower head atop a tall, erect peduncle. The flower head has a base made up of three layers of densely woolly, pointed phyllaries. It has a fringe of approximately 21 yellow ray florets each 2 to 4 centimeters (0.8-1.6 inches) long. The fruit is a hairy achene about one centimeter (0.4 inches) in length.

Varieties

There are two recognized varieties of this species:

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