Leafl. Bot. Observ. Crit. 1: 208. 1906.
Shrubs, 1–2 m, branches slender, indument tawny, sparse to moderately dense, stellate hairs sessile or subsessile, usually overlain by 1–2–few-armed, bristly hairs to 3 mm, glandular-hairs often abundant. Leaf-blades ovate, broadly ovate, or round, unlobed or 3-lobed or 5-lobed, 3–6 cm, often leathery, surfaces: abaxial sometimes glossy green, adaxial densely tawny-hairy, basal sinus open, not overlapping. Inflorescences interrupted, spicate, flower clusters sessile, glomerate, 10+-flowered; involucellar bractlets awl-shaped to filiform, 5–15 × 1 mm, 2/3–1 1/2 times calyx length. Flowers: calyx angled in bud, 6–14 mm, lobes triangular to ovate, 4–11 × 2.3–3.5 (–5) mm, slightly less to slightly more than 2 times as long as wide, equaling to 3 times tube length, apex acute to acuminate, sparsely bristly-hairy, hairs 1–few-armed, to 3 mm; petals pale-pink, 1–2 cm. Mericarps 2.4–3.2 mm. 2n = 34.
Phenology: Flowering Mar–Jun(Sep–Oct).
Habitat: Chaparral, coastal sage scrub ecotone
Elevation: (100–)300–1100 m
Calif., Mexico (Baja California)
Malacothamnus densiflorus occurs in the southern Coast Ranges. Plants with relatively short involucellar bractlets and calyx measurements in the lower range have been recognized as var. viscidus; intergradation with more typical forms is complete. Malacothamnus densiflorus intergrades with M. fasciculatus at lower elevations of the coastal Peninsula Ranges in San Diego County.
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