Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana)

Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana)

Rafinesquia neomexicana is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. Common names include Desert Chicory, Plumeseed or New Mexico Plumeseed.

The annual plants are gray-green with sparse foliage and are between 15 and 50 cm high. Basal leaves are 5 to 20 cm long and pinnate with narrow lobes while leaves further up the stem are smaller. White flowerheads appear at the end of the stems between May and June in the species native range.

In the United States the species occurs in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It occurs in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora.

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