Camphorweed, Heterotheca psammophila

Heterotheca psammophila



Flower & Seed Head

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Family: Compositae (Asteracae), Sunflower Family
Blooms in late Summer, especially after Monsoons
Habitat Preferred: Ubiquitous in Verde Valley Area
Photo taken at: Peck's lake 9/99
Bloom Color: Yellow
Other Common Names: Telegraph Plant
Comments: Crushed leaves have a camphor smell. This plant is extremely common and can be seen along any roadside in the Verde Valley after monsoons. Sometimes entire fields are full of it - giving a spectacular yellow carpet look to them.
Further Reference & Sources: "A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona", Anne Orth Epple, 1995, Falcon Press
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