Platyschkuhria integrifolia var. desertorum

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Scientific Name Platyschkuhria integrifolia var. desertorum USDA PLANTS Symbol PLIND
Common Name Basin Daisy ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 529751
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert and mesas (4200 to 6800 ft); open, dry hillsides.
Plant: Upright perennial 4 to 16 inches tall; single stem with short, erect hairs, somewhat glandular above.
Leaves: Crowded at the base and mostly at the bottom portion of the stem, grayish, thick, alternate, petiolate, oblong, elliptic to lanceolate with entire margins and gland-dotted and rough surfaces; 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long and 1/4 to 1-3/8 inches wide; upper stem leaves few, smaller, sessile and not extending to the top of the stem.
Inflorescence: Single or loose clusters, terminal composite flowerheads ~1 to 1-1/2 inches across; peduncles with short, erect hairs, somewhat glandular; 8 to 20 yellow ray flowers that are wider towards the tip with ~3 lobes at the tips; 39 to 82 yellow disk flowers; involucre is hemispherical and the hairy phyllaries have obtuse to pointed tips.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Uinta Basin Flora" by Goodrich and Neese, "North American Flora" by Per Axl Rydberg and
BONAP Distribution Map
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