Thursday, May 27, 2010

sneezeweed ~ 05/27/10 ~ SFB Morse Botanical Reserve

Helenium puberulum


I walked right by these and then stopped in my tracks to take another look. It reminded me of a miniature, stunted sunflower. The yellow ray flowers were so tiny I initially thought something had chewed them off. I looked around some more and found several others looking just like this.

ps 05/28/10 - I originally posted this as unknown flower with a guess as to our native species. After looking some more, I'm fairly confident of this ID now, especially since it was growing next to standing water in an area of little disturbance.


Steve Willson said...

I think you're right about it being Helenium. From the picture I can't be sure if it's the California native puberulum or the widespread flexuosum. I hope it's your native species.

Nature ID said...

I looked again and CA has only 7 species and subspecies of Helenium (from both CalFlora and Jepson) with one being non-native. H. flexuosum is not on the list and its stem is definitely not what I saw. Thanks!