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General: Sunflower Family (Asteraceae). Madia elegans is an annual herb, 1-2.5 dm tall, and strongly scented. The stems are simple to branched, often very leafy, softly hairy below, and with sparsely to densely stalked glandular sticky hairs above. Leaves are 2-10 cm long, linear, entire to serrate, soft-hairy to bristly, sometimes with glands. The floral heads are in open, flat-topped cymes with 5-21 yellow ray flowers and 25-30 yellow or maroon disk flowers with yellow or black anthers. The 2.5-5 mm fruits are black or dark brown achenes, sometimes mottled, and compressed or 3-angled.


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USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center & Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database

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