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Desert sunflower (Geraea canescens) is native and very common in Nevada, California, and Utah. This is drought-avoiding annual plant, that can be found from sea level up to 1,300 m in sandy desert soil in the company of creosote bush. More about this trip…

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The first flowers we saw entering the canyon were desert sunflowers.

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More desert sunflowers

IMG_20130404_164532Even more desert sunflowers
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Mesquite is the most common shrub/small tree of the Desert Southwest

Here is a link to the Death Valley Flora web site by Eric Hunt that can help to identify flowers. I found it very helpful.