Layia glandulosa, Whitedaisy Tidytips
Scientific Name: Layia glandulosa
Common Name: Whitedaisy Tidytips
Also Called: Tidy Tips and White Tidytips
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Layia glandulosa ssp. lutea, Layia glandulosa ssp. glandulosa)
Size: 18 inches or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; small flower, low growing branched, pubescent with soft hairs on stems and leaves, some with spicy scent.
Leaves: Green leaves thin; linear to lanceolate; margins toothed or lobed; hairy often looking like cob-webs.
Flower Color: Showy pure white 1.5 inch flower heads with yellow disk flowers center; ray flowers 3 to 14; disk flowers numerous; up to 20 or more flower heads when ideal conditions exist, white ray flowers have two notches on tip of the strap or ligule; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: March to June.
Elevation: Up to 5,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Upper deserts, and upland habitats, grasslands, dry areas, open areas and clearings, gravelly or sandy soil.
Recorded Range: A southwestern species found in AZ, CA, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT and WA. It is also found in Baja California and British Columbia. Occurs throughout most of Arizona but few records from Yuma County.
U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.
Comments: Whitedaisy Tidytips, although found in a variety of habitats is not typically a common or abundant species. This specimen was observed growing in a semi-shaded area along a gravel bar in Rock Creek in the Tonto National Forest. The genus Layia truly belong to California where all 14 species of Layia can be found and amazingly, 12 of those species are found only in California.
Superficially resembles White Woolly Daisy, Eriophyllum lanosum and Mojave Desertstar, Monoptilon bellioides.
California Native Americans ground the seeds into a flour for use in a mush. View species account from Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.