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Sonoran Desert Plants
Sonchus asper ssp. asper (Prickly Sow Thistle,chinita)

Coffee Pot Mountain


 Sonchus asper ssp. asper

 Sonchus asper ssp. asper

 Sonchus asper ssp. asper

Habitat: disturbed areas,washes
Life Form: forb,annual
Leaf Description: alternate pinnatifid leaves
Flower Color: yellow
Flowering Period: winter and spring
Spines: spiny leaves
Family: Asteraceae (sunflower family)
Abundance: introduced,common
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 21. Eudicots: Asteraceae-Aster Family. Phytoneuron 2016-77: 1-164. Published 29 November 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 139 (30.2 MB pdf)

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