Malacothrix glabrata is know as desert dandelion or smooth desert dandelion and is native to the western United States, excluding much of the Pacific Northwest, and into northern Mexico.
The name "glabrata" refers to the leaves being (nearly) hairless.
Like other members of its genus, it has a milky sap and flower heads composed of smaller strap-like flowers called "ligules".
It is a dicot, typically 5 to 15 inches (13 to 38 cm) tall with a 1.5-to-2.5-inch (3.8 to 6.4 cm) flower head. Its fragrant, daisy-like flower heads are in shades of yellow or white, and flower heads may have an orange to red "button" in the center of the flower head, composed of several immature flowers.