Brickellia californica

Brickellia californica photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in ponderosa-piñon forest, Coconino Co., Arizona. 11 Oct. 2012.

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Other Brickell-bush Species:

Large-flowered Brickellbush

Large-flowered Brickellbush

Coulter's Brickell Bush

Coulter's Brickell Bush

FLOWERS: The small flower heads are borne in abundance on numerous slender stems. The colors change with maturity from cream-yellow, tinged with red, green and finally gray-brown.

LEAVES: The leaves are triangular and set with short, dense pubescence; the margins are round-toothed.

PERENNIAL: The upper portions of the bush are herbaceous while the lower tangle of stems are tougher and slightly woody. Most plants are about a meter tall.

RANGE: Found on rocky slopes and forest edges throughout much of southwestern North America. There are some 23 other similar-looking brickell bush species described from Arizona.

FRUIT: The seeds are topped with plumose bristles and the empty seed heads are dry, papery and light brown.


Brickellia californica photo © by Mike Plagens

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands
The Flora of Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands


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