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Achyrachaena mollis Schauer
USDA Symbol: ACMO2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The annual herb Achyrachaena mollis grows to approximately one foot in height on a strong, straight stem. Atop the stem is a large, rounded bud which opens into a spherical cluster of flowers. The actual flowers are small and yellow and nearly invisible behind the showy fruits, which extend shiny bright white scales which look like long rectangular flower petals. These silky white scales catch the wind, which allows the single-seeded fruits to be dispersed.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
CA , OR Native Habitat:
The plant is common in low-elevation hills and grasslands all over California, and into southern Oregon and northern Baja California. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff