Hulsea californica

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Hulsea californica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Hulsea
Species: H. californica
Binomial name
Hulsea californica
Torr. & Gray

Hulsea californica is a rare species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names San Diego alpinegold and San Diego sunflower. It is endemic to southern California, where it grows only in the Peninsular Ranges.

The plant grows in open areas such as forest clearings and occurs in the chaparral, especially after wildfire. Most of its occurrences are known from San Diego County. The main threat to this species are invasive plant species.


Hulsea californica is a clumpy biennial herb producing greenish-gray to reddish erect stems of 40 centimeters to over a meter (3 ft.) in height. The stems and foliage are hairy to densely woolly with thick coats of cobwebby fibers. Plants with thicker fibers are gray in color to nearly white. The abundant leaves are lance-shaped to scoop-shaped and up to 10 centimeters long, mostly without teeth along the edges but sometimes wavy or coarsely lobed.

The flower head is large with woolly lance-shaped phyllaries each over a centimeter long. The center of the head is packed with a ring of deep yellow disc florets and fringed with yellow ray florets up to two centimeters long.

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