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Baileya multiradiata

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Baileya multiradiata
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Baileya
B. multiradiata
Binomial name
Baileya multiradiata
  • Baileya australis Rydb.
  • Baileya multiradiata var. nudicaulis A.Gray
  • Baileya multiradiata var. thurberi (Rydb.) Kittell
  • Baileya thurberi Rydb.

Baileya multiradiata is a North American species of sun-loving wildflowers native to the deserts of northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. It has been found in the States of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Aguascalientes, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas.[2][3][4]

B. multiradiata is a short-lived perennial to annual that forms a clumping patch of silvery-green foliage, growing to 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall.[5] The leaves are 4–8 cm (1+123+14 in) long.[5] The many tall, naked stems are each topped with a bright yellow daisy-like flower head about 4–5 cm (1+12–2 in) wide, with 25–50 ray florets.[2][5] It blooms from April to October.[5] The seed-like fruit is whitish, with no scales or bristles at the tip.[5]

Although called a desert marigold, it is only a remote relative of the true marigolds of the genus Tagetes.

B. multiradiata growing in the southern Nevada desert


  1. ^ The Plant List Baileya multiradiata Harv. & A.Gray ex Torr.
  2. ^ a b Flora of North America, Desert marigold, Baileya multiradiata Harvey & A. Gray, Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 4: 106. 1849.
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Calflora taxon report, University of California, Baileya multiradiata Harv. & A. Gray ex A. Gray. desert marigold
  5. ^ a b c d e Spellenberg, Richard (2001) [1979]. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region (rev ed.). Knopf. p. 358. ISBN 978-0-375-40233-3.