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Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla)
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Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla)

General: Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla) is an annual forb that starts as a basal rosette of leaves that blend in with the gravel in washes where they occur. Eventually, the flower stalk bolts upward, branches, and produces white sunflowers that lack the button in the center (ray flowers only).

Gravel Ghost is a fairly common component of desert vegetation communities during the spring. It can be found in dry, well-drained gravelly soils in washes in the Lower Sonora (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones.

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae).

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Plant Form: Basal rosette with branched flower stalk.

Height: To about 3-ft tall.

Stems:

Leaves: Basal only, smooth, blotchy gray and green colors.

Flowers: Blooms during spring. Flowers: Sunflower with ray flowers only. Flowers white, tips notched, each tip-let with red

Seeds:

Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla)

Habitat: Dry, well-drained gravelly soils in washes.

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Distribution: Southern California to Utah and Arizona.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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