Leaves: Green; somewhat succulent, basal leaves withering at flowering; cauline leaves 0 t 1 pinnately lobed, lobes are in 1 to 3 (5) pairs, leaves spirally on flowering stems; leaves finely flecked with white scales which views as a grayish hue.
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Genus Information: In North America there are 17 species and 17 accepted taxa overall for Chaenactis. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 19 accepted species names and a further 55 scientific names of infraspecific rank for Chaenactis.
The genus Chaenactis was published in 1836 by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle. Members of this genus are commonly referred to as pincushions or dustymaidens.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 6 species of genus, California has 13 species, Nevada has 8 species, New Mexico has 3 species, Texas has 0 species, Utah has 5 species. All data approximate and subject to revision.
Comments: Fleshcolor Pincushion is very similar in appearance to Esteve Pincushion, Chaenactis stevioides. is named in honor of John Xantus de Vesey (1825–1894) Hungarian exile and zoologist.
Special Value to Native Bees, Butterflies and Insects
Insects may feed from the florets.
The genus Chaenactis is derived from the Greek word chaino "to gape" and aktis "a ray"; the references because several species the rayflorets are enlarged to a wide-open "gaping ray like mouth". The genus Chaenactis was published in 1836 by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle.
The species epithet "xantiana" is named in honor of John Xantus de Vesey (1825–1894) Hungarian exile and zoologist who collected in California and Baja.