Golden Desert-Snapdragon (Mohavea breviflora)

Mohavea breviflora is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common names golden desert-snapdragon and lesser mohavea. It is native to the southwestern United States, including the Mojave Desert and surrounding areas. It is a hairy annual herb growing erect to a maximum height near 20 centimeters. The alternately arranged leaves are lance-shaped. Flowers occur in the leaf axils. They are about 2 centimeters wide and divided into an upper lip with two lobes and a swollen lower lip with three. The flower is yellow with scattered red speckles.

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Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

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  • Thanks for all these flower posts. We’ve just returned from a few days at DVNP-what a glorious display of flowers! You’ve answered a few questions. We weren’t sure of the desert star. We saw a tall version at Room Canyon yesterday-would it still be desert star, do you think?
    Thanks for all you do.

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