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Goat's Beard (Yellow Salsify) bloom in Yosemite Valley

Goat's Beard (Tragopogon dubius)

Aliases:  Yellow Salsify

Family:  Sunflower (Asteraceae)

Goat's Beard is a European native and has never satisfactorily accounted for its presence in Yosemite. It's a long, slender plant up to three feet high that you can spot in Yosemite's lower elevation meadows - I've seen it in Yosemite Valley and along the northern edge of Wawona Meadow.

Blooms:  May - July

Lifespan:  Perennial

Origins:  Invasive (see distribution maps for California and U.S./Canada)

Tragopogon dubius etymology:  Tragopogon is a Greek term meaning "goat's beard," comprised of the roots tragos (goat) and pogon (beard). Dubius is a Latin word meaning uncertain, wavering, or dubious, possibly used here because there is little resemblance indeed between Tragopogon dubius and an actual goat's beard.

This Photo:  Near the Yosemite Village day use parking lot, late June

Other Resources:   CalFlora  ·  CalPhotos  ·  USDA  ·  eFloras.org

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