WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

The erect, hairy, branching stems reach 3-feet tall with numerous yellow flower heads in loose arrays. Compared to the diameter of the disk, the petal-like ray flowers seem rather stubby. Note the leaves with narrow, deeply cut lobes.


FLOWERS: August–October. Flower stem (peduncle) to 2 3/4-inches long and densely hairy. Flower heads with 10–20 yellow, petal-like ray flowers, 3/16–3/8 inch (5–10 mm) long, tips notched with 2–3 points; disk flowers (in center) tiny, yellow.


LEAVES: Alternate, deeply divided into 3–25 lobed segments; note the final segments are narrow, linear; blade oval to lance-shaped in outline, 3/8–1 3/8-inches long (1–3.5 cm), largest leaves near base, leaves hairy (use lens).


HABITAT: Sandy, gravelly soils; desert grassland and scrub, pinyon-juniper, ponderosa-Douglas fir forests.


ELEVATION: 5,800–8,800 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, TX, UT, WY.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Sageleaf Bahia, Bahia absinthifolia, has opposite, lance-shaped leaves with two basal, pointed lobes, and only grows to 15 inches tall. Bluntscale Bahia, Amauriopsis pedata (Bahia pedata), has final leaf segments that are oval, not linear.


NM COUNTIES: Statewide (except eastern border counties) in mid-elevation arid habitats.

RAGLEAF  BAHIA

AMAURIOPSIS  DISSECTA  (BAHIA  DISSECTA)

Aster Family, Asteraceae

Annual, biennial herb

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Terminal leaf lobe is narrow.

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