Plant of the day: sun cups

These showy, low-growing flowers are commonly found nestled in the grass of meadows, pastures and trailsides. Taraxia ovata are distinctive with their simple blossoms supported on long pale stalks above a circular mat of long oval leaves. Four bright yellow petals cup around many pollen-dusted stamen. Below the flowers, four pointed green sepals bend sharply down toward the ground so they are parallel with the stems.

Sun cups are found along the coast of California and Oregon. In many publications they are also known as Camissonia ovata.

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