Abert's creeping zinnia
From southeast California to far west Texas
Woodland, scrubland, dry slopes, semideserts
Narrow, lanceolate to linear, opposite, up to 2 inches long with fine hairs along the edges
August to September
Stems of sanvitalia abertii can be relatively tall or very short, single or branched, upright or angled, but always have a covering of short, stiff hairs (strigose). Leaves have a rough texture, short hairs along the edge, and 3 lengthwise veins. Flowerheads are greenish underneath, the involucre ringed by between 5 and 11 veined, pointed, hairless phyllaries (usually 7 or 8), each attached to a small yellow ray petal. Petals have a notch at the tip, and tend not to overlap. The domed center of the flower contains several dozen disc florets, initially green, becoming yellow as they mature.