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PLANT annual, 0.5-3 dm tall, erect, glabrous or glaucous. LEAVES basal and cauline, terminal divisions acute. INFLORESCENCE cymose or solitary. FLOWERS nodding in bud; receptacle conic; calyx long-pointed, glabrous or glaucous; petals 1.5-3 cm long, yellow. FRUITS 5-7 cm long. SEEDS 1-1.4 mm diam, spherical to ellipsoidal, reticulate, tan to brown. 2n=12. Desert slopes and hillsides; 0-1200 m. Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California; e Baja California, w Sonora. Plants of the El Paso and Rand Mts. in the western Mojave Desert sometimes referred to this species are E. minutiflora subsp. twisselmannii.
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