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Taxon: Helianthus deserticola Heiser

Genus: Helianthus
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Heliantheae
Nomen number: 104293
Place of publication: Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci. 70:209. 1960 "deserticolus"
Link to protologue:
Comment: of hybrid origin from H. annuus and H. petiolaris
Name Verified on: 08-Mar-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 32 (24 active, 21 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Common names:

  • desert sunflower  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • desert-inhabiting sunflower   - English

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arizona (n.w.), Nevada, Utah (w.)]


  1. Baack, E. J. et al. 2005. Hybridization and genome size evolution: timing and magnitude of nuclear DNA content increases in Helianthus homoploid hybrid species. New Phytol. 167:623-630.
  2. Cronquist, A. et al. 1972-. Intermountain flora. Note: = Helianthus anomalus S. F. Blake
  3. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America.
  4. Gross, B. L. et al. 2003. Origin(s) of the diploid hybrid species Helianthus deserticola (Asteraceae). Amer. J. Bot. 90:1708-1719.
  5. Gross, B. L. et al. 2004. Reconstructing the origin of Helianthus deserticola: survival and selection on the desert floor. Amer. Naturalist 164:145-156.
  6. Heiser, C. B., Jr. et al. 1969. The North American sunflowers (Helianthus). Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 22(3):73-75.
  7. Rieseberg, L. H. 2006. Hybrid speciation in wild sunflowers. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 93:34-48.
  8. Rogers, C. E. et al. 1982. Sunflower species of the United States. 8.
  9. Seiler, G. J. 2007. Wild annual Helianthus anomalus and H. deserticola for improving oil content and quality in sunflower. Industr. Crops Prod. 25:95-100.
  10. Timme, R. E. et al. 2007. High-resolution phylogeny for Helianthus (Asteraceae) using the 18S-26S ribosomal DNA external transcribed spacer. Amer. J. Bot. 94:1837-1852.

Check other web resources for Helianthus deserticola Heiser :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.


Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=104293. Accessed 17 July 2019.