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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. A willow-like, thicket-forming shrub, with rich-green, semi-deciduous foliage. Leaves have a distinctive odor. Controls river erosion by forming dense stands along waterways.
Identification notes: Leaves gland-dotted, willow-like, margins often finely serrate, can be smooth, less than 1/4 inch wide, usually present at flowering. Flower heads unisexual, disc flowers only, arranged in terminal, flat-topped clusters. Stems woody.
Height: 3 to 10 feet     Width: Unavailable


Habitat Description: Along streams and drainages.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 3000 - 4000 feet


Color: Whitish, yellowish   Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Jul
Description: Flower heads unisexual, disc flowers only, in terminal, flat-topped clusters; bracts surrounding the flower heads are reddish or green in the center with green or brownish purple tips; female flowers whitish, male flowers whitish to yellowish.


Leaf Color: Dark green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Leaves are up to 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide and are shiny, waxy and sticky, sessile or short-stemmed.


Color: White   Type: Achene   Description: Seeds are fluffy with feathery, white bristles (modified calyx of the disk flowers) that stay attached to the seed.


Bark Color: Yellowish-brown, grayish-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Stems are very pithy, light brown to yellowish-brown, sticky green when young. Bark is grayish-brown, shallowly ridged with reddish furrows.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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