Blazingstar (3)

Blazingstars, the Mentzelia genus, are also called Eveningstars because they do not open until late in the afternoon, making photography a challenge. During the day their flowers are tightly closed so easily overlooked. They are in the Stickleaf family, so named because their leaves have barbed hairs and stick to clothing and fur like Velcro. Mentzelia are difficult to distinguish. I found this article by Robert Sivinski to be very useful. See also white Blazingstars.

Mentzelia conspicua

Chama Blazing Star
Mentzelia conspicua

Family: Stickleaf (Loasaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: August 19, 2008
Location: FS Rd 151, Chama River Valley, NM
Life Zones: Foothills
Habitat: Roadsides, barren slopes, pinyon-juniper woodland

Grows to 2ft tall with branched white stems and rough leaves. Leaves are narrow with deeply cut teeth and are green on the upper surface. Flowers are solitary at the end of the branches. It grows in similar habitats to Adonis Blazing Star below but has bright golden yellow flowers. arrow

Mentzelia conspicua

Flowers are more than 2" across with 10 petals and long stamens.

This plant is endemic to the Chama River valley. The photo below was taken in Box Canyon at Ghost Ranch, NM.

Identified from New Mexico Rare Plants

Mentzelia multiflora

Adonis Blazingstar
Mentzelia multiflora

Family: Stickleaf (Loasaceae)
AKA: Manyflowered Mentzelia, Desert Blazingstar, Pegapega
Photo taken on: August 9, 2014
Location: Rio Chama, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry sandy areas, roadsides

Grows to 2 ½ft tall with stout white branched stems. Flowers are up to 2" across with long stamens. Most images that I have seen on the Internet are bright yellow, but I mostly see pale yellow, almost white, flowers in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Mentzelia laciniata

Cutleaf Blazingstar
Mentzelia laciniata

Family: Stickleaf (Loasaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: September 16, 2016
Location: Red Wash Canyon, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry sandy areas

Grows 12" to 18" high, branching at the top. Like the Chama Blazingstar, the leaves are deeply divided with narrow lobes but the lemon yellow petals are less than 1" long.

Yellow Single Flowers