The succession and progression of our local wildflowers is fun to witness – during my morning walk today I saw plenty of Yellow Pincushion (Common yellow chaenactis; Chaenactis glabriuscula) at Lake Hodges that have taken the place of Needle Goldfields and California Butterweed – one might say that one “damned yellow composite” (DYC) replaces another. ;-)
The two photos below are from end of May last year and I only remembered them now – at the time I found it curious that one can see a flower in bloom and one in its seeding phase right next to each other. The time between making these two photos? 16 seconds. :-)
It’s easy to see that they’re related to Chaenactis fremontii, which grows in the desert.