Zinnia acerosa

Common Name: Desert Zinnia
Oˊodham Name: [unknown]
Group: Shrubs - Desert

Zinnia acerosa is a small shrub having flexible woody stems covered with small, linear dull green leaves during Springtime and during the Monsoon. During the dry season, the flowers drop, leaving a tangled mass of woody stems. In Springtime, the shrub is completely covered by 1-inch wide white flowers which persist on the stems for months as they dry before falling off. It grows in gravelly soils at 2000 to 5000 ft elevation.
Kingdom Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae - Aster family
Genus Zinnia L. - zinnia
Species Zinnia acerosa (DC.) A. Gray - desert zinnia
More Information
USDA Plant Profile and Map
entire plant
flowers in May
entire plant (winter)
leaves and flower

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