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Achyrachaena mollis has a bioregional distribution that includes the California Floristic Province, southern Oregon and northern Baja California. Elevations of occurrence are on grasslands at generally less than 900 meters.

Known by the common name of blow wives, this annual can attain a height of three to 40 centimeters. The erect stem is erect and generally few-branched; the sessile leaves are simple, with lower ones opposite and fused around the stem; upper leaves are alternate. The linear of obtuse leaf blades are two to twelve centimeters long. Inflorescence is soft-hairy with radiate heads. Fruits are fine and slender, easily detached by wind when ripe, leading to a dazzling display of lightweight airborne fluff.


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