What species is this bushy thorny yellow-flowered angiosperm from Morocco? Photographed in spring in a dried up river bed. The bush is about 1 metre high. bush enter image description here enter image description here


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I happened to come across a photo of a similar leafless shrub (without flowers) that also had 120 degree branches and looked thorny, or Spiny is probably a better description. It helped me to identify the plant in your photo as a Launaea arborescens. It is an unusual species of Chicory in the dandelion family, Asteraceae. Being tolerant of arid locations, it native to northwest Africa and southern Spain.




  • $\begingroup$ Well done user22542! I thought it looked "chicory-ish" but that's about as far as I got. I've been watching this question ever since hoping someone would figure it out. $\endgroup$ Apr 19, 2018 at 0:05

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