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Pebble Pincushion (Chaenactis carphoclinia)
Annual Forbs Around Las Vegas, Vegetation Around Las Vegas
Pebble Pincushion (Chaenactis carphoclinia)
Tuft of basal, highly dissected leaves with flowering stalks and white, rayless flowerheads.

General: Pebble Pincushion (Chaenactis carphoclinia) is an annual forb with with highly dissected basal leaves and several flowering stalks. There may be several white flowers on each stalk. Flowers are "sunflower-type without petals" (rayless).

Pebble Pincushion is a common component of desert vegetation communities in washes and other gravelly and rocky soils. Around Las Vegas, look for this species in washes at Lake Mead and Death Valley.

 

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae).

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Plant Form: Herbaceous base with flower stalks.

Height: To about 2 feet.

Pebble Pincushion (Chaenactis carphoclinia)

Stems: Usually one flowering stalk.

Leaves: Long, narrow, pinnately dissected.

Flowers: Flowers in heads at the tip of flower stalks; white, disk flowers only (no ray flowers); blooms during spring.

Habitat: Washes and gravel or rocky soils.

Elevation: To about 6,000 feet.

Distribution: California to Utah and New Mexico.

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Basal leaves highly dissected
Pebble Pincushion (Chaenactis carphoclinia)
Basal leaves highly dissected
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Flowerhead and buds
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Flowerhead and buds
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Flowerhead and buds
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Flowerhead
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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