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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Cichorioideae
Tribus: Cichorieae
Subtribus: Microseridinae
Genus: Anisocoma
Species: A. acaulis

Anisocoma Torr. & A.Gray

Torrey, J. & Gray, A. Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 1: 211–212. Mar 1845 ["1844"]


Hassler, M. 2019. Anisocoma. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Anisocoma. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 30 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Anisocoma in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30. 2019. Anisocoma. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 30.

Vernacular names
English: Scale Bud

Anisocoma acaulis (scale bud) is a wildflower found in the Mojave, Colorado Deserts, and California's Owens Valley above 2,000 feet (610 m) (states of Arizona, Nevada, California, Baja California, and Sonora), up to about 7000 ft.[1][2]

It is the only known member of genus Anisocoma.[3][4]

The plant grows a flat mat of jagged lobed leaves that lie on the ground. It sends up stalks up to 20 centimeters tall topped with flowers which bloom from April to June. The flowers may be yellow or white with yellow centers. The frilly ray florets are rectangular with flat or slightly toothed tips. This flower is found growing in colonies in sandy places and washes, and bleeds milky sap if cut. The common name "scale bud" is a reference to the scaly appearance of the closed flower bud.[5]
Flowerhead closeup, at ~5500ft in Eastern Sierra Nevada CA

Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distributioni map
CONABIO. 2009. Catálogo taxonómico de especies de México. 1. In Capital Nat. México. CONABIO, México D.F..
Torrey, John & Asa Gray. 1845. Boston Journal of Natural History 5(1): 111 description in Latin, commentary in English
Torrey, John & Asa Gray. 1845. Boston Journal of Natural History 5(1): plate XIII, figures 7–11 line drawings as illustrations

Flora of North America Anisocoma acaulis Torrey & A. Gray

Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Jon Mark Stewart, 1998, pg. 107
Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra and adjoining Mojave Desert and Great Basin. Laird R. Blackwell, 2002, pg.59 (ISBN 1551052814)

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