(Madia radiata )
Photo Copyright 1995 Dean Wm. Taylor
Description: Annual herb 4-36 inches (1-9dm) high, with yellowish stems. Leaves linear to spear-shaped, with smooth or slightly serrated edges, and 3/4 - 4 inches (2-10cm) long. Inflorescence are many radiate heads in cyme-like clusters, opening during mid-day. Radiate heads contain 8-16 ray flowers, and 20-65 disk flowers. Ray flowers have obovate, golden yellow petals, 1/4 - 3/4 inches (6-19mm) long. Disk flowers have petals 1/8 - 1/4 inches (3.5-5.5mm) long. Involucres are 3/16 - 1/4 inches (4.5-6.5mm) high, with soft-hairy or bristly phyllaries (bracts). Fruit are achenes, 1/8 - 3/16 inches (3.2-4.4mm) long. Ray achenes are flattened and beaked.
Habitat: Grassy slopes. Elevation 80 - 2880 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms March - May.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B