Volutaria tubuliflora

Volutaria tubuliflora_Ron Vanderhoff
Photo by Ron Vanderhoff

Synonyms: Amberboa atlantica; Volutaria lippii subsp. tubuliflora

Common names: desert knapweed; Mediterranean knapweed

Volutaria tubuliflora (desert knapweed) is an annual herb (family Asteraceae) with pink-purple flowers and lobed hairy leaves found in the desert ranges and south coast ranges of California. It is native to northern Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. It favors grasslands, dunes, scrub and chaparral habitat. It propagates via multitudes of seeds. Seeds are dispersed via human traffic, machinery, water and wind.

Rating: Limited

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