Monday, April 26, 2010

Yellow Cup Primrose or Mojave Suncup

The yellow cup primrose is also known as the Mojave suncup, yellow cup and golden suncup (Camissonia brevipes).
It is hairy, has tall stems and is surrounded by basal leaves. The stem has one to several blooms.
The flowers are bright yellow and often have reddish speckling at the base of each petal like the speciman I have photographed.
The center of the flower has a long pistil and several shorter stamens with large anthers.
I found this plant in the southern portion of Joshua Tree National Park off the Hayfield Road exit of I-10 near Carey's Castle. The information for this post came from Wikipedia, Camissonia brevipes.

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