Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Narrowleaf Goldenbush

Narrowleaf goldenbush,
also known as linear leaved goldenbush and interior goldenbush (Ericameria linearifolia) is found in much of California, excepting the far north and portions of north-central. It is also found in southeastern Nevada, extreme southwestern Utah, and portions of northwestern and central Arizona. It has green, narrow, linear leaves that end in a point, with a narrowed base.
It is part of the daisy family and has many yellow disk flowers
and 13 to 18 narrow ray flowers.
It flowers from March to May.
It is found on dry slopes and in valleys. I found it in May in the vicinity of flowering purple sage
off the Mountain Pass offramp up the grade outside of Primm, Nevada, very near the border of the Mojave National Preserve.
Although I have some doubt about the identification because the number of rays appear to be too few, it looks like the pictures on (generally the best place for many different photos of a plant located in California) and it does not look like any of the other alternatives on (the best source for plant distribution and variety in California).

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