Malacothrix saxatilis

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The Malacothrix saxatilis complex is taxonomically difficult. The varieties intergrade morphologically in leaf shape, indument, blooming time, and growth cycle, depending on relative habitat conditions such as elevation, soil, and temperature regime. Hybridization may occur between varieties where they are sympatric. In addition, arrays of heads in early bloom may be described as congested (peduncles relatively short) and as open (peduncles relatively long) on the same plant at the end of the season.