Artemisia filifolia Torr.

  • Family: Asteraceae (aster, sunflower, daisy, etc.)
  • Common names: sand sage, sand sagebrush
  • Synonym: Oligosporus filifolius

    Small shrub to 1 m (3 ft) tall. Leaves or their lobes distinctly long-filiform, tomentose to glabrate. Inflorescence of numerous small heads in leafy panicles, involucre pubescent, outer florets pistillate, inner florets staminate. Fruits very small achenes.

    Distribution: Western Great Plains and Great Basin.
    Habitat: Open sandy areas. In Oklahoma the species is a major component of the Sand Sage Grassland of the northwestern part of the state.
    Comment: The crushed foliage and stems have the characteristic odor of sagebrush.
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Artemisia was the wife of King Mausolus of Caria; filifolia refers to the long narrow leaves.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/8/99
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