Brickellia californica (Torr. & Gray) Gray

  • Family: Asteraceae (asters, sunflowers, daisies, etc.)
  • Common name: California brickellbush

    Shrub to 1 m (3 ft) tall, with widely spreading branches and papery exfoliating bark. Leaves alternate, broadly ovate to deltoid, cordate to truncate, 1-4 cm (0.4-1.6 in) long and wide, margin dentate, crenate, shallowly lobed or almost entire, veins conspicuous on underside. Inflorescence paniculate or a series of small racemes. Flower heads about 5 mm (0.2 in) long, greenish-yellow, flowering in late summer. Fruits small brown pubescent achenes with pappus of scabrous bristles.

    Distribution: Wyoming west to the Pacific Coast, south to western Texas.
    Habitat: Rocky breaks and hillsides.
    NWI status: FAC
    Comment: Brickellia honors the American botanist John Brickell; californica refers to its discovery in California.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/8/99
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