Encelia Nudicaulis Plant Information
Encelia Nudicaulis grows in the following 6 states:Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, California, Nevada
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.
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.
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.
There are two recognized varieties of this species:
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