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Mentzelia laevicaulis
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Scientific classification

Mentzelia laevicaulis is a showy wildflower native to western North America. Its common names include giant blazingstar and smoothstem blazingstar.

This is a widespread plant which can be found in sandy, rocky, and disturbed areas, such as roadsides.


Blooming Yellow Mentzelia Laevicaulis
Yellow blazing star (Mentzelia laevicaulis)

It grows a weedy-looking, branched stem which may reach a yard in height. The whitish-green stem and its lateral branches bear the occasional triangular sawtoothed leaf. The plant bears capsule fruits containing winged seeds.

At the tip of each branch blooms a spectacular yellow flower. The star-shaped flower has five narrow, pointed petals with shiny yellow surfaces, each up to 3 inches long. Between the petals are long, thin yellow sepals. The center of the open-faced flower is filled with a great many whiskery yellow stamens. Beneath the petals are long, curling bracts.

Mentzelia laevicaulis Losaceae
Mentzelia laevicaulis (Losaceae botanical family)
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