San Francisco Lessingia
Will Elder, NPS
Origin Of Genus Name: Named after C.F. Lessing, German specialist in Asteraceae plant family.
Presidio Locations: Found only in inland dune areas on the Presidio with only five small populations known at this time.
Range In State: San Francisco Bay Area. The only population known of outside the Presidio is located in Daly City. The Presidio is the type locality for this species.
Description: This rare and endangered, native annual has small, grayish, hairy leaves. The stem is reddish brown and branched. The flowers have funnel-shaped to tubular petals that are deep lemon yellow with a reddish brown band. Each plant can have from one to eighty flowers. Blooms August to October.