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Pinyon Oaks Subdivision
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Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Gutierrezia microcephala
General Description: Evergreen. Relatively small multi-branched shrub with a rounded crown of fine twigs, topped with yellow flower heads in fall.
Identification notes: Perennial shrub with a woody base and numerous slender stems, resinous. Leaves linear, slender, smooth to slightly hairy. Flower heads yellow in flat-topped, rounded clusters, usually at tips of branchlets; bracts several times longer than wide.
Height: 2 feet     Width: 2 feet


Habitat Description: Found on plains and slopes in almost any habitat. Found in disturbed soils; abundance indicates land has been overgrazed.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3000 - 8000 feet


Color: Yellow   Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Jul - Nov
Description: Bright yellow flower heads numerous, small and narrow, arranged in dense flat-topped clusters of 3 to 10 at the tips of branchlets but sometimes solitary. Ray petals 3 to 8 per flower head, disc flowers 3 to 9 per flower head.


Leaf Color: Green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Top and bottom of leaves
Description: Leaves alternate along the stems; blades thread-like and narrow, sometimes in tufts of multiple leaves, dotted with resinous glands. Lower portions of the stems lack leaves at time of flowering.


Color: Brown   Type: Achene   Description: Fruit is a rounded brown achene densely covered with hairs and topped with papery scales.


Bark Color: Brownish   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Mostly non-woody except at the base. Twigs erect, thin, flexible, green to brown, hairy or smooth. Trunk short with brown bark, shreddy and smooth. Stems often die back in winter giving plant a broom-like appearance.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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