Melampodium strigosum, Shaggy Blackfoot
Scientific Name: Melampodium strigosum
Common Name: Shaggy Blackfoot
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: ( )
Size: 12 to 18 inches.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; non-woody herbaceaus plants.
Leaves: Green; linear to lanceolate, hairy and speckled with glandular dots.
Flower Color: Yellow; solitary heads on leafless, hairy stalks (inflorescence); radiate heads; ray and disk flowers have 5 to 8 florets; 5 broad lance shaped green phyllaries surround heads, fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: August to September.
Elevation: 4,000 to 5,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Upper elevations in open grasslands and pinyon-juniper forests.
Recorded Range: Rare in the United States, found only in AZ, NM and TX, and in northern Mexico. Largest populations in southern Arizona, records also from NM and TX.
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: Shaggy Blackfoot is relatively rare in the United States unlike its cousin the Plains Blackfoot Daisy, Melampodium leucanthum. It is similar in appearance to Rough Blackfoot, Melampodium hispidum.
The genus Melampodium are hardy plants from subtropical and tropical regions with most of the species found in Mexico. The common name "Blackfoot" is a reference to the black color at the base of the stem and roots.
This specimen was photographed in Santa Cruz County growing among a several small trees in chaparral community. Also see Plains Blackfoot Daisy, Melampodium leucanthum.