It is native to stony and sandy plains in the Mojave Desert of California and the Sonoran Deserts of the Southwestern United States northwestern Mexico. It is and is very common in the northern, eastern, and southern parts of the desert.
Monoptilon bellioides is a short annual plant; in seasons with very little rainfall, the plant may only grow to 1-2 cm, if it grows at all, while in seasons of heavy rainfall, it can grow up to 25 cm tall. The leaves are linear, 5-10 mm long, with a blunt apex.
- Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Jon Mark Stewart, 1998, pg. 41
- The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Western Region, 1992, pg. 380.
- Calflora Database: Monoptilon bellioides (Mojave desert star)
- Jepson eFlora (TJM2) treatment of Monoptilon bellioides
- USDA Plants Profile for Monoptilon bellioides (Mojave desertstar)
- UC CalPhotos gallery of Monoptilon bellioides
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