Golden bee plant on the north side of the John Day River in Twickenham, OR.............May 28, 2007. Plants may consist of one unbranched stem or may be much-branched with an inflorescence at the end of each branch. Note the ovate fruits which are beginning to form.
Golden spiderflower is glandular. It is a simple to freely-branched annual to 70 cm tall. It has a covering of glandular hairs.
The stem leaves are ternately compound (3 leaflets). The leaflets are oval to lanceolate or oblanceolate, 10 to 25 mm in length. Typically, the leaflets are about as long, or shorter than the leaf petioles.
The flowers have 4 sepals and 4 petals. The petals are yellow and not clawed, and tend to be clustered at one side of the flower. They are between 6 to 9 mm long. There are six stamens which are about twice the length of the petals. The flowers are showy and attractive to pollinating insects. They are borne in bracteate racemes which become very elongated when in fruit.
The spreading to reflexed seed capsules are ovate-oblong in shape, being between 13 and 25 mm long.
Golden bee plant lives in the sandy soil of desert plains and into dry lower valleys in the foothills. It is also found in the heavy clays of the John Day Valley of north central Oregon.
Golden bee plant is found from eastern Oregon east to adjoining Idaho, and south to Nevada and California.
-These photo above shows 2 close-ups of pods of golden bee plant as seen on the north side of the John Day River in Twickenham, OR.............May 28, 2007.
The photo above shows golden bee plant as seen on the north side of the John Day River in Twickenham, OR.............May 28, 2007.
Golden bee plant as seen on ash deposits along Oregon Highway 218 about 2 miles west of Clarno, OR..........May 16, 2010.
These photo above shows a slightly out of focus sideview of a flower of golden bee plant as seen on the north side of the John Day River in Twickenham, OR.............May 28, 2007. Note the spreading hairs on the pedicel and the back surface of the sepals and the hairy seed pod which is beginning to extend from the flower.
The photo above shows the inflorescence of golden bee plant as seen at the Painted Desert Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.