|The Microseris is a member of the
sunflower family. The plant typically grows
at elevations above 5000
feet where pine forests are present. The plant grows to about 18 inches
in height and has dark green leaves
up to 8 inches in length. In spring, it produces a yellow dandelion-like
flower, which is followed by the round silvery seedhead seen in the
photo. The seedhead is dry and feels a bit like plastic to the touch.
To me, the Microseris looks like
a desert version of a dandelion (in fact, they are related).