Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Microseris lindleyi, Lindley’s Silverpuffs

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Scientific Name: Microseris lindleyi
Common Name: Lindley’s Silverpuffs

Also called: Silverpuffs, Starpoint Microseris

Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family

Synonyms: (Microseris linearifolia, Uropappus lindleyi, Uropappus linearifolius)

Status: Native

Duration: Annual

Size: Up to 2 feet ( cm)

Growth Form: Forb/herb; basal rosette; single flower head, milky sap.

Leaves: Dark green; pinnately lobed, narrowly linear.

Flower Color: Light yellow; solitary inflorescence without leaves and hollow; heads ligulate without disk florets; narrowly lanceolate bracts extend beyond floral head, fruit an achene.

Flowering Season: March to June; shorter blooming season in California; March to May.

Elevation: Up to 5,000 feet ( m)

Habitat Preferences: Various habitat types, grasslands, chaparral, deserts and sandy desert flats. Prefers well drained soils, rocky sites, disturbed areas and roadsides.

Recorded Range: Southwestern and western United States and British Columbia. Also found in northern Baja California and northern Mexico. Throughout most of Arizona under 5,000 feet, absent in the northeast corner.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Microseris lindleyi.

North America species range map for Microseris lindleyi:

North America species range map for Microseris lindleyi: Click image for full size map.
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U.S. Weed Information: Unknown
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: Unknown
Wetland Indicator: Unknown
Threatened/Endangered Information: Unknown

Genus Information: 14 species in Microseris in western North America. 2 species native to Arizona. Although no species in Arizona are listed as threatened or endangered, 3 west-coast species are listed as threatened or endangered.

Most recently belonging to the genus Uropappus, which is still in use by some sources.

Comments: Lindley’s Silverpuffs has a distinctive seed head with a 5 pointed silver wing pappus. The seed heads are well adapted for wind-blown seed dispersal. Microseris linearifolia was treated as a separate species but recently combined with Microseris lindleyi.

Species within the genus Microseris are collectively known as "Silverpuffs" because of their similar fluffy silvery seed heads. The genus Uropappus is still in use by some sources.

Date Profile Completed: 06/01/2012; updated 09/05/2020
References:
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles
Kenton L. Chambers, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford.
Kenton L. Chambers 2012, Uropappus lindleyi, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=76212, accessed on September 05, 2020.