WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

The 1–5-inch long, hairy, leafy stems branch from the base and can be prostrate and spreading, or erect. Note the white daisy-like flowers on short stems (peduncles) and the short, flat-lying hairs on the stems and leaves.


FLOWERS: April–June. Flower heads have 12–30 white to pinkish petal-like ray flowers, each 3/16–5/16-inch long (5–8 mm); disk yellow with hair-like pappus bristles much shorter than the disk florets. The phyllaries beneath the rays are oval with pointed tips, and arranged in 3–4 rows; outer phyllaries shorter than the inner, edges papery and toothed; surfaces covered with short, flat-laying hairs, or hairless.


LEAVES: Alternate, crowded on stems. Blades spatula-shaped to narrow-oval with tapering base and tip, to 1 1/4-inch long (3 cm); surfaces covered with flat-lying hairs, margins entire.


HABITAT: Dry sandy soils; desert grasslands and scrub, pinyon-juniper woodlands.


ELEVATION: 3,800–7,700 feet.


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


SIMILAR SPECIES: Smooth Townsend Daisy, T. formosa, widespread in the mountains of southern 1/2 of NM, has hairless leaves. Plains Dozedaisy, Aphanostephus ramosissimus, in much the same range, has narrow, hairy phyllaries all about the same length.


NM COUNTIES: Widespread in the western 1/2 of NM in low- to mid-elevation arid habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Dona Ana, Grant, Lincoln,  Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Valencia.

 

ANNUAL  TOWNSEND  DAISY

TOWNSENDIA  ANNUA

Aster Family, Asteraceae

Annual herb

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Stems can be low and sprawling to erect and 5-inches tall.

  1. The phyllaries are hairy,  unequal in length and have papery edges with teeth (upper arrow).


• Leaves are spatula-shaped to narrow-oval with tapering base and tip, and covered with short, flat-lying hairs (lower arrow).

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