Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Leptosiphon aureus (Nuttall) J.M. Porter & L.A. Johnson
(Golden Desert Trumpets)
Dactylophyllum aureum (Nuttall) Heller
Linanthus aureus (Nuttall) Greene
Leptosiphon aureus is a diminutive yellow herb that is mostly single or two stemmed and only an inch or two tall.
However, thousands of the plants may congregate in a meadow to produce a yellow blanket on the ground. Leptosiphon
aureus tends to be found more singly in lower elevation dry meadows, and in larger aggregates in middle elevation ones.
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Leptosiphon aureus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., WD Ranch Road, Mar. 22, 2008
Leptosiphon aureus, ground cover of L. aureus, photo Russ Kleinman, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Mar. 22, 2008
Leptosiphon aureus, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Richard Felger, Kevin Keith & Sarah Johnson, Brushy Mountain Road at Y6 gate, April 25, 2009
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