Quote of the Week, Perhaps a Bit Longer

"The biological community is a vast and complicated system for sharing and distributing the energy of the sun among a diversity of life forms." ~Martson Bates

9/9/10

Nevada Dustymaiden or Sierra Pincushion, either way it's a Chaenactis nevadensis

Chaenactis nevadensis

I found these little beauties on a backpacking trip I went on with the family in late August. They are commonly known as Nevada Dustymaidens or Sierra Pincushions and they belong to the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Nevada Dustymaidens prefer to grow in dry environments, in sandy or gravely soils. The flowerheads are made up of many tiny tube flowers and can be anywhere from a light yellow to a rosy red. The leaves form a basal rosette and are woolly and pinnately lobed. Gorgeous!

Chaenactis nevadensis flowers and leaves

1 comment:

danwinnemucca said...

I like dustymaiden, that's a really original word, I wonder what the etymology is?