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Common Sunflowers at Sunset A sunset at about 3000m in the mountains between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA Common sunflower,Helianthus annuus Click/tap to enlarge

Common Sunflowers at Sunset

A sunset at about 3000m in the mountains between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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  1. Are you sure about the species? It's really hard to tell from this photo, but the flowers look rather loose, not being part of a compact shrub.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. wildflower,

      here is the best illuminated picture i have of the same field of flowers (http://www.jungledragon.com/image/30305/brittlebrush_flower-2.html). i have seen this in both dense bush and sporadic. fireflyforest link above even shows this in less dense grouping (last picture with dog). thx!
      Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
      1. I am leaving this identified as a common sunflower. Stem and leaf identification certainly assisted me on this one. http://www.nazflora.org/Helianthus_annuus.htm Posted 4 years ago
        1. I usually avoid yellow asters because identifying them is a nightmare. It could be anything. You have deleted the other photo and this one doesn't show much of the plant. I haven't seen any wild sunflowers and the cultivated ones are much bigger, however your reference shows that they still have several larger leaves at the base. Do these plants have such leaves? Posted 4 years ago
          1. New image is posted.
            Here is another credible source which also has a field of sunflowers to compare. Tithonia thurberii referenced from http://www.aznps.com/#!# Arizona Native Plant Society. #!#http://www.aznps.com/chapters/images/BarfootPark-2copy.jpg
            The wild sunflowers I have seen around here are smaller than those normally seen in arrangements or on display. The leaves (dark green) do get larger the further down the stalk you look and are very large at the base. These are also very scattered at the base and not a bush.
            Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
            1. For some reason the second link did not copy correctly... Sorry!

              Posted 4 years ago
              1. Sorry, Stephen, the photo from the link is a nice flower field, but it cannot be a reference for identification. From the same site I was redirected to some species lists. I checked a few species which have similar flowers and these photos show one of the characters you should be looking for to identify the species.

                I think this one should rather be left unidentified because both photos are lacking the details required for a reliable identification.
                Posted 4 years ago
                1. Ok thanks for working on a potential identification. Much appreciated!

                  Posted 4 years ago

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