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Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Baccharis sergiloides
General Description: Evergreen. Shrub with many erect branches, smooth oblong leaves and sticky, smooth stems.
Identification notes: Not hairy, generally sticky; stems erect, up to almost 10 feet tall; branches ascending, somewhat broom-like, branches have 5 ridges or nerves. Leaves are present at flowering time. Leaves are short stemmed. Styles are encased in fruits.
Height: 3 to 9-1/2 feet     Width: 2 to 4 feet


Habitat Description: Found near stream beds, sandy flood plains and alkaline marshy areas, prefers moist soil.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 1000 - 5000 feet


Color: White to pale yellow   Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Sep - Nov
Description: Flower heads unisexual, disk flowers only, solitary or in lateral, small loosely branching clusters at tips of branchlets.


Leaf Color: Green to grayish-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: The leaves are oblong to slightly elliptic, 1 to 1-1/2 inches long, coarsely and few-toothed. Upper leaves narrower, often smooth margined (without toothed margins).


Color: Light brown    Type: Achene   Description: Fruit cylindrical, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, smooth, 8 to 10 fine but distinct ribs, topped with silky white or tan bristles to 1/2 inch long.


Bark Color: Brownish-green   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Stems are erect and ascending, marked with longitudinal lines and generally green. The stems are often also glandular and sticky or shiny.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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